A favorite benefit of country life is an uninhibited sky. Our house faces east/west and every single day it would seem the sky is trying to out-do yesterday’s performance. I have been taking sunrise/sunset pictures since the first day we had our house. I have noticed that as the seasons change, the color palette changes as well. Spring and summer are colorful, but it seems fall has the sharpest colors and strongest palette of all four seasons.
No matter the season, the sky is the most bold when there are clouds reflecting the sunshine. On mornings the sky is clear, the sky is still colored, but not with the depth and variety one can see on other days.
The sky seems to know what we tend to forget; the sun is best reflected when storms have come through.
Throughout time, battles and struggles, losses and wins, have given way to celebration in God’s goodness. Joshua and the battle of Jericho, Gideon and his 300 men, David and Goliath. Paul and Silas in jail- singing glory to God.
Personally, the battle against anxiety and depression for my husband and me. We have been to the abyss, sometimes hanging onto the roots on the edge of the cliff. After years of individualized counseling, some medication, and an untold number of prayers, we can stand on this side and sing God’s praises. We are healing, we are healthier than ever before. We have recognized where to draw our boundaries and are holding to them to maintain our wellbeing.
Scripture tells us we will experience trouble (John 14) and that Jesus is with us through that trouble, even when it seems like He is not. We cannot go through life without various difficulties, but we can go through life with Christ. We have the opportunity to reflect the glory of God in the aftermath of the storms we experience.
I pray we will embrace the storms, as a time to see the power of God coming through it all. Reflecting His love for us, being still in the midst of it and knowing He controls it all.
From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the LORD is to be praised (Psalm 113:3 NIV 1984).