Late winter/early spring is the season we often get the most beautiful sunrises. Being an early riser, I see this spectacular sight almost every morning, however, I never cease to revel in the intricate beauty of this simple phenomenon. Thursday last week was no exception…
I stood transfixed as the eastern horizon gradually paled, transitioning the night sky into day. There was, however, one glitch – a shadow of clouds covered the fading, deep blue hue of the celestial expanse. Would these “intruders” mar or disrupt the perfection of the light soon to appear? Far from it! On the contrary, the millions of suspended droplets enhanced the glory of the rising sun. Catching the first rays of light, their grey was transformed into vibrant shades of pink, orange, and gold. The scene was breathtaking! Rather than detract from the beauty before my eyes, the clouds served to create greater glory.
As I ponder this, I perceive immediately the simple analogy. Our lives are not without clouds – disappointments, hurts, and sorrows that seem bound to hide the light of the “Son.” However, this is not God’s design. Those clouds which seem ominous by night and dreary by day, are to be transformed by the light of the Son rising within our hearts. His light filtering through the veil of grey causes the sunrise to be all the more glorious – with a glory that could not be were it not for those clouds.
When I consider the “clouds” that have been in my life, I marvel that it was through those things that were hard, the things I would not have chosen were the decision left to me, that God has changed me the most and brought blessing, not only into my life, but also into the lives of others. May we stand in awe of His working!
“Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.” Isaiah 60:1-2