On cloudy, dark days, we do not see the sun, yet it is there. When the evening shadows fall and the sun disappears, we know the sun will rise again. We simply do not run about acting as though we will never see the sun again.
In life, we can experience dark, cloudy days and long nights of the soul when it feels as though God’s light has disappeared. Yet, we do often “run about” acting as though darkness and clouds will prevail and His light will never shine in our lives again.
A Joni Mitchell pop song from years ago uses clouds as a metaphor to reveal the songwriter’s feelings about life and love.
The song starts by describing clouds as being “rows and rows of angel hair and ice cream castles in the air and feather canyons everywhere,” . . . . then moves to “But, now they only block the sun, they rain and snow on everyone. So many things I would have done, but clouds got in my way.”
And then moves into a revealing discussion about disappointments, ending with the statement, “It’s life’s illusions I recall, I really don’t know life at all.”
There are cloudy circumstances of life which can blot out an eternal perspective and dim our faith in the power wielded by our risen Savior who is stronger than death, who purchased our salvation with His blood, who holds the world in the palm of His hand, and who states to us emphatically that He has overcome the world.
The following reading about this subject in Edges of His Ways written by missionary, Amy Carmichael, while she was living in India has this to say about clouds:
This evening the clouds lay low on the mountains, so that sometimes we could hardly see them, and sometimes the stars were nearly all covered. But always, just when it seemed as though the mountains were going to be quite lost in the mist, the higher peaks pushed out, and whereas the dimmer stars were veiled, the brighter ones shone through. Even supposing the clouds had wholly covered the face of the mountains, and not a star had shone through the piled-up masses, the mountains would still have stood steadfast, and the stars would not have ceased to shine.
I thought of this and found it very comforting, simple as it is. Our feelings do not affect God’s facts. They may blow up like clouds and cover the eternal things that we do most truly believe. We may not see the shining of the promises, but still they shine; and the strength of the hills, that is His also, is not for one moment less because of our human weakness.
Heaven is no dream. Feelings come and go like clouds, but the hills and the stars abide. [End Quote]
There is a popular saying today - “It’s all good.” But that’s not true, it is not all good. Certain circumstances can strike terror in our lives. Disease, infidelity, rape, murder, deceit, greed, and betrayal, among others.
Directly disobeying God’s commands and principles can create havoc for both the guilty and the innocent ~ bringing cloudy, dark, fearful days.
As Christians we know the true remedy for dark days of disillusionment and disappointment. We know it is God that works all things together for good, even when the circumstances are not good in themselves. However, it is we who make the choice to allow Him to work out the circumstances for our good; or, alternatively, to grow bitter, angry, and despondent.
Joseph, even after experiencing so many disappointing and unfair circumstances, told his brothers, “what you meant for evil, God meant for good.”
Romans 8:37 states, “In all these things - we are more than conquerors through Him who loves us.” We can rise above the cloudy circumstances of our lives and live bathed in the light of God’s love -- if we allow the hope and power of our risen Savior to prevail in our circumstances and in our hearts.