As I stepped into the cool night air, I was thankful to be living where I could walk alone in the evening with no need to fear.
I strolled a path well memorized.
Yellow lights from the windows reminded me that friends were not far. Yet I was alone enough to pray aloud.
I paused on the path and looked up. Glittering stars twinkled down at me, and the moon beamed so brilliantly that the night was not dark.
I smiled at the night sky and thanked God for its beauty. I sang a song of praise.
Then I looked up again. I noticed this time a blank spot. One section of the sky had no stars.
As I watched, the blank spot travelled across the sky. It was a cloud. I spotted several other clouds as well.
How mysterious that the stars can seem to vanish, though indeed they do not leave at all.
Then, as I watched, the moon began to fade. I saw a thick cloud slowly overwhelm its brilliance.
Something within me tightened. I didn’t want the moon to leave! Yet it did leave.
The cloud entirely blotted out the moon. The night was thrown into deep darkness.
Suddenly, I felt very alone. No longer could I see the dim outline of the path I’d been strolling. No longer could I see my own hands in the moonlight.
It seemed the moon had vanished – disappeared. At that moment, it seemed impossible to believe that the moon was there at all!
Thankfully, the cloud passed on, but a thought hung in my heart.
Sometimes in life, God seems to have vanished. Would I trust Him even when I can’t see Him?
When God’s presence is clearly seen and felt, trusting and rejoicing in Him seems nearly natural. Yet, when the clouds blot out His face, will I still trust that He’s there? Will I still rejoice in Him?
Jesus warned me that “in this world you will have trouble.” (John 16:33b NIV)
I don’t know what seasons of dark clouds this life will hold. I don’t know when they’ll come, but one thing I can be sure of is that:
“He Himself has said, ‘I will never leave you or abandon you.'” (Heb. 13:5 CSB)
I also know the end of John 16:33 in which Jesus tells me: “Be courageous! I have conquered the world.” (John 16:33c CSB)
Will I trust Him? Will I believe that His promises are true, even when I cannot see or feel Him?
Father, help me to trust You even in the seasons of dark clouds!