I am on vacation at my parents’ home in Lake Lure, NC. One of the first things I do when I get up in the morning is look at the mountain. If someone is around, I laughingly say “It is still there!” This morning when I pushed aside the curtains I saw a wall of clouds. No visible mountain. Even so, I know that the mountain is still there, it is just hidden.
As I reflect on this, it reminds me of God’s faithfulness. God may seem hidden, but he is always there, ready to be found by those who seek him. No matter what the clouds in our lives are, God is there. His love endures forever. As I type this, the Chris Tomlin song is going through my head.
As I pray for people, and as I live my life, sometimes I act as if I don’t believe in God’s love and faithfulness. I don’t act if I believe God is really there and accessible, and my actions at times demonstrate my lack of faith in the presence and love of God. I worry. I fret. I set up elaborate scenarios in my head to try and control things at least on some parallel universe, instead of living like I really believe that God loves me, wants what’s best for me, and has it all under control.
I am also so aware that some people have significant clouds in their lives. I can’t move their clouds any more than I can move the clouds over the lake this morning. I can pray that they can get a glimpse in some way of God’s love for them, God’s care for them, God’s provision for them, in spite of what it looks like.
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good. His love endures forever.
Give thanks to the God of gods. His love endures forever.
Give thanks to the Lord of lords: His love endures forever.
To him who alone does great wonders, His love endures forever.
Who by his understanding made the heavens, His love endures forever.
Who spread out the earth upon the waters, His love endures forever.
Who made the great lights— His love endures forever.
The sun to govern the day, His love endures forever.
The moon and stars to govern the night; His love endures forever. (Ps. 136:1-9, NIV)