Throwback Thursday: BEYOND THE CLOUDS (June 2021)

Driving down the highway yesterday, a sudden surge of brake lights caught my

attention. It wasn’t an accident or traffic which caused the sea of bright red

to appear. It was hard rain, which seemed to come out of nowhere, catching all

of us by surprise.

The sky had a few clouds scattered throughout it, but none seemed large

enough or dark enough to provide the rainstorm that came down. It was as if the

storm cloud was hovering just above my car at one point because I couldn’t actually see it.

What I could see, though, briefly through the cleared space from the

windshield wipers, was the blue sky ahead.

Isn’t that how life is? Full of storms which are unexpected. Sometimes we can

see the blue sky just beyond the storm and other times, well, all we see is a

sky overwhelmed with clouds waiting to burst open with no evidence of an end.

That’s what faith is. It is knowing the blue is going to show up. It is

the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen (Hebrews

11:1) It is knowing that even though the entire sky is consumed with storm

clouds, that beyond it, where our earthly eyes cannot see, there is blue. There

is hope. There is clear, calm sky filled with heavenly brightness waiting on

the other side of the storm.

In Mark 4, we read the story of Jesus calming the sudden storm which shows

up on the sea. His disciples are scared and call on Him. He calms the sea and

says to His disciples in Mark 4:40,

“Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”

When I feel the fear from one of lives’ storms present itself, when I can’t

see the blue sky beyond the clouds, I hear Jesus asking me this very question. “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”

It always reminds me that Faith is greater than fear and even the smallest amount of faith can calm the largest of storms.

Published by raelynpracht

Writer. Reader. Lifetime Learner. Follower of Christ.

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