Grace in the Shadow of the Clouds

I learn so much from each of your thoughtful notes! Though I may not always have opportunity to respond, may I warmly express my heartfelt Thank You!

Wise Jennifer at Gathering Grace sent some further insights to Monday’s post “Darkness and Light are Alike to You” that ministered to me… and maybe you too?


In considering light and darkness, a couple of things came immediately to my mind:

I Tim. 6:15b-16 reads: “…He who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see, to him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen.”

And also the hymn that says, “behind a frowning Providence He hides a smiling face.”

And then the words of Oswald Chambers: “Whenever God gives a vision to a Christian, it is as if He puts him in ‘the shadow of His hand“‘(Isaiah 49:2). The saint’s duty is to be still and listen. There is a ‘darkness’ that comes from too much light – that is the time to listen…

There is never any need to pretend that your life is filled with joy and confidence; just wait upon God and be grounded in Him (see Isaiah 50:10-11 ).”

This is an interesting theme…

What I’m thinking about is that the Preacher of Ecclesiastes was so right: things are not always as they seem. Sometimes what we deem harsh is in reality, a mercy. And vice-versa.

When the sun is too bright, there is grace in the shadow of a cloud. With the clouds often come a breeze – “the wind blows but we do not know where it comes from, nor where it is going. So it is with the Spirit.”

Ecclesiastes is a bit enigmatic, but it speaks honestly of apparent realities: we do not always recognize a curse or a blessing for what it truly is, here on earth. But their purposes in our lives are in God’s hand and we do well to submit to Him no matter the appearance of things.

As one of our pastors prayed once in a critical situation, “Above all, help us to accept Your will.” I find myself praying that more and more often…

Love,
Jen

Father God… today, above all, help me to accept Your will… to find grace even in the shadow of the clouds.

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