On my first holiday to northwest Wales, the cloud was so low across Cardigan Bay that I didn’t realise that, completely hidden behind and above Harlech Castle, there was a mountain range. The following year we had a pleasant surprise when the Rhinogs were there to be seen in all their splendour.
We all experience metaphorical low cloud days – or weeks, months, even years. Life is inexplicably tough at times and there seems to be no way through the dark oppressive cloud cover. I was reminded of this in the somewhat antiquated but relevant words of a hymn by Timothy Rees:
“God is love: and he enfoldeth all the world in one embrace;
with unfailing grasp he holdeth every child of every race.
And when human hearts are breaking under sorrow’s iron rod,
then they find that selfsame aching deep within the heart of God.”
If you’re a believer, you’ll be living by faith and not by sight. We can’t see the sun through the cloud yet we know that it’s still up there in the sky. We can’t always understand why tough stuff happens in our lives and God may seem distant. Yet, by faith, we believe he’s still there. The Bible teaches that darkness, low cloud, sorrow, death… never have the last word. All darkness will, one day, be obliterated forever by the light of Christ. Meanwhile we carry on, armed with God’s strength, love and peace. If you like poems take a look at OUT OF A LISTLESS SKY and GOD’S IN HIS HEAVEN? – on the Poems page of my website.