Finding the path to peace in life can seem daunting at best. For most of us, the path to the end of the day is enough to think about. Yet, as the days go by and turn into weeks, months, and years, we can look back and learn from the paths we’ve taken seeing that, even in the darkest of times, there was a light to guide us.
It has been some time now since I last blogged. For a number of reasons, I decided to take a break after completing my 365-day quest to blog every day last year. Those reasons included no less than changes in family dynamics, work stress, and a need to spend more quality time with the Mrs. in the evenings. All were factors. I will admit, however, that I missed the nightly routine of sharing my thoughts of the day with you.
Yesterday, during our morning walk together, the Mrs. and I were bundled up to keep warm after a cold Fall rain that fell earlier that morning. The air was cool & fresh. Even though it was misty, the clouds were beginning to part and the sun was starting to shine through the rain drenched tree leaves. To top off all the Fall greatness around us, it was also Friday and I was ready for a break. This week had been a stressful one full of travel, work pressure, and life. So, this walk was perfect timing.
As we walked past a puddle in the sidewalk, something pulled at my heart to look back at the leaves in the water on the sidewalk. The sun had begun to shine down on them in the midst of the rain. Inside my heart, it was as if the Lord began to speak in that still, small, loving voice of His saying, ‘There is always sunshine after the rain’…
Over the past few years, many of us have gone through difficult times with the loss of family members, loss of relationships, and family health issues that rip away at every part of our hearts. Often, it’s easy to look at those situations and become overshadowed by the dark clouds. It seems like the rains will never stop. We go from one downpour to another. For those like me, you may even feel like you’re putting your best ‘face on’, but inside you’re hurting and find it hard to share with others out of fear of being perceived as weak.
In spite of ourselves, there is a steady hand at work beneath those dark clouds to guide us, protect us, and comfort us. It’s a loving, but strong hand. One that will never leave us or forsake us. It’s the hand of the Master. Our heavenly Father who sees all, knows all, and loves always.
So today, look up. There will be sunshine at the end of the rain. Even in the midst of the storm when the thunder is drowning out His voice, know that He is with you. He will calm the storms and bring you peace. His light will shine and push back the darkness in due season.
When the day comes and the sun is shining again in your life, you will be able to look back and see that you were never alone. His hand was there with you and His light is there now to make the right path known to you. If it weren’t for that unconditional, never ending loving hand in my life, I truly don’t know where I would be. I suspect it wouldn’t be where I am today, and I know I wouldn’t be blessed with the Mrs. in my life.
We all face the rain and walk through it from time to time. The key is to remember, even when it’s cold and dark all around us, is that, one day, the sun WILL shine again. We will be ok. No matter what life may throw at us, He will keep us and shine the light on our path; even in the midst of the rain…