One weekend I was traveling with some people on a chartered bus. As we were en route to our destination, I found myself staring into the sky looking at the clouds. The majority of the weekend was overcast, but occasionally we had hints of blue skies. There were many different clouds out. There were the stratus clouds that were higher up, and then there were the huge, white cumulonimbus clouds that were seemingly on a “middle layer.” There of course there were the “rain clouds” that were very dark and weighted down with water and were much closer to the earth. I thought about how on overcast days we say that the sky is gray. Of course we know that it’s not the sky that is gray, but the clouds have taken over the sky so much so that it appears to be gray. So, that means that the sky is always blue. But being an analytical person, I thought to myself, “the sky is not always blue because sometimes it’s red, orange, and other colors.” So I thought some more and said that the “colored” skies aren’t real. It’s just that the sun, or something, is reflecting off something else and is just tinting the sky. Therefore, the sky is always blue.
From this I was very encouraged, and I hope that you are as well. Before, I mentioned that the dark clouds are heavier than the rest so they appear to be closer to us. The low times and dark periods of our lives are temporary! The things that weigh us down are heavy and seemed to be unbearable at the time, but if you would only press through them as an airplane does when it ascends above the clouds to get to the blue, clear sky, you will see very soon that better days are ahead and do exist! Flying in the rain is a very cool experience to me. During takeoff, it’s raining, the sky is gray, and at first it doesn’t seem like such a good idea, but the plane keeps ascending. You’re flying through the clouds, and you can’t see a thing. Sometimes there’s turbulence, but the plane keeps ascending. Then, finally…the plane breaks through the clouds, and they are now under you. The sky is clear and blue, the sun is out, and those dark clouds are now white and fluffy; and you swear that if you could get out of plane you would be able to walk on them like a pillow top mattress! See, the better days are always around, but the bad times cloud them out. You have to keep in mind that behind the unemployment, financial distress, relational distress, marital discord, health challenges, and the like, there is abundance, peace, security, rest, and joy. These things are temporary. It may seem like they go on forever or maybe you’ve been in a situation for a while, but remember that there ARE better days to come. The sky is NOT gray…the dark clouds of life and negative thoughts are just clouding up your vision right now. The sky is NOT red or orange…it only appears that way, but the anger and confusion in your life is only tinting your vision right now. THE SKY IS ALWAYS BLUE!!! Don’t let life get you down! Remember who you are, and Who’s you are! There is NOTHING that you are going through that God does not see and will not see you through if you are faithful to Him. Keep pressing! Keep moving! Stay focused! Don’t listen to the negative!
The sky is ALWAYS blue!
Romans 5:3, 4 (NLT)
“We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation.”
James 1:2-4 (MSG)
“Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.”