(Excuse the poor quality. It was taken through a double-paned, very dirty window)
As I sat on the tarmac yesterday, waiting to take off, I looked out the window at the very cloudy sky. It was dreary, overcast and a light mist had been falling. It was 8:10 but looked much earlier because of the dark skies. In fact, our pilot said the take-off was delayed for a few minutes so they could de-ice the wings. That's not something you really want to hear when you are nervous about flying anyway!
The time finally came when we were given clearance to fly and the plane barreled down the runway and up into the sky. The higher we climbed, the thinner the clouds became until we were up above them. The sun was shining brightly, the sky was blue and it was breathtakingly beautiful. In fact, as I looked down at the top of the clouds they were so thick that it actually looked like a snow-covered tundra.
The thought occurred to me that so often our lives are like this. We struggle and face many obstacles. We feel weighed down with our problems. It seems as if a dark cloud is hovering over us. And yet, the SON is there, even when we feel like we can't see him. He's there, helping us through the struggles. There will be clear skies in our future, but we forget that when we are dealing with a problem in this moment and time.
I was reminded of the verses in 2 Corinthians 4.
Verses 16-18 ~
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
Take heart, my friends. You are not alone. You will get through this moment. God is with you. The Son is still shining!