As we near the end of our 14-day study we stand in awe of our amazing God. He is with us and for us. Patient, compassionate, omnipotent, omnipresent. He bends down to hear the big prayers of His children, even those we can not put into words. We trust He can do more than we ask or imagine, and He is our Source of joy, even in the hard and the hurt of this world.
At least four of our devotional writers have had discussions with us about how we can dismiss the responses of God to our prayers as coincidence if we are not careful to stop and listen closely and watch for Him with eyes wide open. So, this week, when the rain fell in North Carolina from Monday- Friday we were not surprised, and we won’t call it a coincidence. God is at work.
Day 14’s prayer prompt, “Feeling cloudy today? Pray for God’s light to shine through again,” is not by chance. It was selected before we knew what the weather would be. Only the Creator could be so personal as to give the physical sight of what our hearts may be feeling during a pandemic. “God-incidence.”
Many have expressed feeling “down” during this time, even if only temporarily. We pray our friend, Amber Campbell’s, words will remind you that God is with us and give you encouragement to wrap up in His word and reach out to others when you need encouragement and long to see the Light break through the darkness.
It was a gorgeous crisp, picture-perfect sunny day with clouds that looked like giant cotton puffs in the sky. I was in my car, traveling to the funeral of a friend, and my mind was drifting to the beauty of the sky, which was in direct contrast with the sadness in my heart. As I was cruising along, I noticed the clouds beginning to cover the sky. As the miles passed, the sun disappeared, and foreboding clouds joined by a dense fog took away my visibility. A sense of uneasiness washed over me as I slowed down, turned on hazards since I had no glimpse of the trucks ahead. I began to pray and talked to God, out loud like he was my co-pilot (silly me, HE is the pilot).
Unsettled, and gripping the steering wheel, I continued praying.
A few miles down, further on, the fog suddenly parted, I saw GOD. I could only see on the truck in front of me and these words were staring at me– “Guaranteed Overnight Delivery.” At that moment, I couldn’t help but marvel how GOD delivers in his most holy, extraordinary way. A sense of relief and peace washed over me, God indeed was there.
So what about those cloudy days when we feel unsettled, unknown, a heaviness, and anxiety that leaves us feeling blue? Our circumstances may be different but we can all turn to our Heavenly Father in prayer and find comfort in His presence and in His word.
Here are some truths to wrap around you like your favorite comfy blanket to when cloud cover is thick:
- “It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” Deuteronomy 31:8
- “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
- “Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning, for I am trusting you. Show me where to walk, for I give myself to you.” Psalm 143:8
One cloudy day changed everything for us. Jesus died on the cross, and the third day, the Son rose, forever giving us Light for the darkness.
God hung the stars and the sun.
On cloudy days, the sun’s still there.
On cloudy “life days,” God is still there. He is always working on our behalf.
“Now, faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1
As we pray, we can ask Him to “shine through again.” Not because he left, but because we long for his presence, his reassurance, and his peace.
Pray with us: Thank you for the cloudy days, Lord, they allow us to draw closer to you and know you as our deliverer. Thank you for the many ways your light shines through again and again. Amen
Amber Campbell is married to her high school sweetheart, Mark, mom to Brianne and Austin, and Glammy to Drew. She loves Jesus, Boss Babe, and is a slightly obsessed HGTV decorator & gardener. She adores gathering with friends and loves to create beauty, joy, and laughter. Amber is also the Women’s Ministry Director at Leesburg Community Church, Leesburg, VA. There they gather as Soul Sisters, praying and caring for one another. Their “Blue Heart Emoji System” recently caught our attention. It’s a simple way to let a sister know that you are struggling and need prayer. Amber writes this, “Soul Sisters, God blessed us with precious friends who walk with us through prayer and care on life’s journey. When your day is cloudy, just text a friend a blue heart emoji to start the conversation and see God’s light shine through sweet conversations.” If you have a small group or just a group of family and friends we encourage you to use this system. No one has to walk through the cloudy days alone.