Monday, November 15, 2010

I Can See Clearly Now

I can see clearly now, the rain is gone.
I can see all obstacles in my way.
I Can See Clearly Now, Johnny Nash, 1973

Have you ever been driving in a thundering rain storm, and had to pull over because you couldn't see? You know the road is obviously there right under you, but you can't see it in front of you. But just because you can't see it doesn't mean it isn't there. And sure enough, when the rain clears the road is there, like it was all along, "I can see clearly now the rain is gone. I can see all obstacles in my way."

Where is God when bad things happen? Or what about during that empty time when he just seems so far away. "God where are you? I can't find you!" Just as heavy rains obscure our view, the storms of life can blind us to God's presence. But that doesn't mean he isn't there.

Just like the road, God is still there when we can't find him. In Jeremiah 29:13, God tells us "You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart." We have to be looking, and not half-heartedly, for Him. Still when the heavy storms of life are there, we can be blinded by them. It's then that we may need to pull over.

Even though we know the road is there in the pouring rain, we still may need to stop. And even believing God is there, we still may need to stop. Rest and pray. Sometimes it may be a brief shower. Other times may be hurricane force winds, with lots of damage. God is still there.

Draw near to God and he will draw near to you. Then hopefully you'll be able to say "I think I can make it now, the pain is gone. All of the bad feelings have disappeared. Here is the rainbow I've been praying for." But even when the pain holds fast, remember that with the help of God, it will be a "bright, bright SON-shiny day."

Musical Musings:
1. What are the storms in your life, and are they blinding you to God's presence?
2. What are some things you can do make you see clearly that God is still there?
3. If you are experiencing a life storm, look to God. But surround yourself with loving friends or family to help you as well. Someone just may have an umbrella.

Dear Lord, thank you for being our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Help us to draw near to you and seek you whole heartedly in good times and bad. And help us see clearly. In Jesus Name, Amen.

Rock On: Read the story of Noah, who experienced big storms in life, in Genesis 6-9.

Chatty Kelly


2Thinks said...

Yes. Reminds me of Sat. night when I was talking to some high school guys on a radio program. One said he prayed to God, but God didn't show up, so He must not be real. I reminded that God has his own timing and that He doesn't always show up in the way we are looking for him to do so.

One thing is sure.

He is ALWAYS there.

Andrea said...

I praise GOD HE always does what is best for me even when I don't like it!
Hope you are doing well!
Hugs, andrea

Sue J. said...

I think that's faith in a nutshell.... Will you stay on the road, no matter the twists and bends, storms and "traffic"....?

And what we don't see completely now, we, one day, will see with amazing clarity!