Monthly Archives: November 2015
Have you ever looked up at the sky and seen a neverending canopy of gray? It isn’t raining and the weather isn’t terrible. The clouds don’t threaten a torrential downpour at any moment, but the sun doesn’t offer any relief in the monotony as it hides behind the clouds either. It’s just one of those days.
It may not be raining yet, but you never know what a gray sky may hold. You have to be prepared for both rain and shine. You may also think that such a day will hold events that reflect that gray sky: dim, boring, monotonous, uneventful, lazy, tired. Not great, but not terrible either. It’s just one of those days.
Now, have you ever taken a moment to ponder what might lie just beyond?
Think about it. Just beyond that canopy of endless gray is a beautiful blue sky. The clouds are light and fluffy and the sun is shining. There are jet streams painting pictures that you can’t quite see because of the barrier of gray clouds that lies between you and the promise of a brighter day. Literally.
Have you ever had “one of those days?” I know I have them. A lot. Especially recently. Our weather for the last couple of weeks has been filled with endless gray skies with a drizzle here and there. However, at the end of a few of those days, the skies cleared and I could see those blue skies that I had been waiting for.
Here’s what I’ve learned about gray skies. One, the gray is only momentary. It is fleeting. It is not here to stay and in its own time, it will pass. Two, behind those gray skies, the sky is still blue and the day is much brighter. Three, those gray skies are a lot like life.
There are days in our life that seem to be nothing more than an endless barrier of gray keeping you from what lies just beyond. There are endless things in your way: your job, your school, your family, your friends, your boyfriend, your girlfriend, your cell phone, your social media, your video games, your trials, your temptations, your struggles, your anger, your frustration, your sorrow, your shame, your guilt, your pain. These are just a few of the innumerable things that are keeping you from a brighter day. These are the things that Satan uses to hide the light. Now, when I say “the light” I not only mean the light of the sun in the sky, but also the Light of the Son in the Heavens. The thing is, if you look closely at those gray skies, you can see the sunshine and you can feel the promise of the Son’s Light too. Sometimes, you can even catch a glimpse of blue amid the gray.
One of my favorite things that happens on a gray day, is the clouds thin just enough for you to see the sun. You can’t see the blue sky and you can’t see the sun completely, but you can fully see the outline of the sun that you can’t normally see when the skies are clear. It’s as if the barrier allows you to see a more defined version of what you normally can’t even really look at on a nice, clear day.
That’s what I love about the gray skies of life. They give you a more defined glimpse of what the Son looks like behind the wall of those trials and struggles. Those things keeping you from having a “great” day are the very same things that allow you to see the Son in a whole new way.
Even through the troubles of life and chaos of this world seem to tear at us and steal our joy at times, we can use those same troubles and that same chaos to give us a new perspective on life. We can turn our eyes from staring at the bleak gray skies and seeing nothing more than the negativity and we can choose instead to look for the good. Look for those patches of the Son’s Light. Look for the outline of the Son. Look for the promise of a brighter, better day. Look to the Lord and He will give you the eyes to see things you never dreamed you could see in the midst of a day filled with gray.
Think about the promises waiting for you on the other side of the trial. Just take a moment and really think about them. There are so many of them. Here are just a few for you, incase you can’t quite see them because of the gray skies in your life: God is always with you (Hebrews 13:5, Psalm 23:4; 46:1, Deuteronomy 31:6, Matthew 28:20), He gives you peace (John 14:27), He upholds you and gives you strength (Isaiah 41:10, Joshua 1:9), He has overcome the world (John 16:33), He will sustain you (Psalm 55:22), He loves you (John 3:16, 1 Peter 5:7, Romans 8:37-39, Romans 5:8, Galatians 2:20, Ephesians 2:4, Psalm 86:15, 1 John 3:1). And there are more. Many more
Even in the midst of the most dreary days, there is still a promise of better days and clearer skies; you just have to look for it.