The sun was shining and the dark clouds were forming. The sky looked at odds and off I went to walk the dog. Surely I can get this walk in before any rain falls.
And then it hit me. Not the raindrops. The proverbial thought of the day.
When we see darkness looming we have a choice: We can assume the worst or trust the Best.
Please notice that I didn’t say “hope for the best”.
Trusting the Best.
We get to choose if we trust the promises of God (the One who is our hope).
It’s true that storms are brewing all around us. Even the most optimistic of us admit that the things of today are hard. Illness, terrorist attacks, broken families, and hungry children. But lately I’ve been reminded that because I know the source of Light, Jesus, there is always hope in the darkness and I can trust the promises of God to be true.
Just the other night a familiar song popped into my head while I scrolled through photos of a recent trip my daughter and I took. The view from a plane window seems massive and yet I was seeing just a glimpse of what God holds in His hands everyday.
“He’s got the whole world in His hands, He’s got the whole world in His hands”
Yes, even your world.
When things seem upside down and sideways, look up.
The One who created the world knows what’s happening in your part of it and He has you in the palm of His hand.
I was a person who walked through life focusing on the dark clouds forming. Now I’m a girl who dances in the rain and sings praises to the One who has the very best in store for me. You can be that girl too. Just yesterday, my Pastor was teaching from Acts 16 where Paul, Silas, and the prison guard had a life changing conversation:
“Calling for lights, the jailer rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas. Then he brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved…” Acts 16:29-31
Moments before this the darkness was looming and the same guard was considering taking his own life because the storm looked so fierce. Today was the first day I noticed that they “called for lights”.
The next time you’re looking around and seeing dark and feeling like the worst is coming, focus on the promises of God. Focus on the Light. Trust Him to hold your world.
Well, that walk I was on, let me tell you.
The rain won.
It fell down right on my head as I walked the dog. But I only got wet for a few steps. A neighbor spotted me as he was cutting the grass and walked into his garage to take cover. He quickly walked back out with an umbrella and met me on the sidewalk to bring me shelter from the storm.
God’s so good, even when it rains.