The skies during this season are very interesting. From the top of the hill at the DOVE office, one can see the panoramic dome of the heavens above. On Friday, I noticed that rain was pouring down in Nairobi’s town center, sun was shining to the south (my destination; Alleluia!), the western suburbs had cloud cover, and the mist we were having in the office would soon end. Amazing!
It reminds me that no matter how dark or difficult or ‘rainy’ the current situation may seem, it will pass. The sun will break through the clouds once again. Or, as my friend LaVerne Kreider often encourages me, “It is just a season.” Days of sunshine are on the way!
Even with that hopeful outlook, our view can be quite skewed. On a rainy day we would probably say, “The sun is not shining today.” Think about it – what a stupid (sorry!) statement that is. The sun not shining? The sun, the unimaginably huge, unfathomably hot ball of blazing fire, is not shining?
How quick we are to limit life to our own perspective.
And how quick we are to minimize God to our experience of Him.
You see, our perspective of God might be like our perspective of the sun. “God is good” because my life is good. “He has blessed me, therefore He is good.” Yes, but…. From that vantage point, is He also good in the midst of storms? In the darkest of nights (when, by the way, the sun is definitely “still shining” and we are just turned away)?
The skies during Nairobi rains remind me: “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge.”
I want to hear more knowledge of God pouring forth from the heavens. Maybe I’ll go outside and look up for a while!