"Neither the pillar of cloud by day nor the pillar of fire by night left its place in front of the people." (Exodus 13:22 NIV)
The fall of the year is my favorite season, by far. I love the cooler temperatures and the smell of fall. To me, there is nothing quite like it. It’s no wonder last night was so incredible.
It had been a dreary cloud-covered day with leaves blowing in the wind. The cornfield across the road is ready for harvest, the beans in the field behind us have been picked and winter wheat sown. The beauty of this season absolutely astounds me.
Gracie, my 13-month old cockapoo, had to go outside. I grabbed Gracie’s leash and we stepped out onto the front porch. She began to walk into the yard as I looked up. I literally gasped! I mean, I audibly gasped. The beauty of what I beheld with my own eyes was indescribable.
The sun was low in the western sky and brilliantly peering through small breaks in the cloud cover. The rays lit the top of the trees bordering the family property like they were on fire-oranges and yellows and reds vibrantly aglow against the darkness of approaching nightfall.
Darkness was dispelled by the brilliance of the sun’s rays reflecting on the treetops. Just like God does in our lives-He uses the backdrop of darkness to expose the light of His presence.
When our world is darkened by pain and suffering, God never fails to shine His light and reveal His presence. We simply have to look for it. His presence never left its place in front of the children of Israel as He led them through the wilderness. In like manner, His
presence will never leave its place in front of us as he leads us through the dark and oppressing days of illness.
Prayer: Father, help me to see Your light shining in my darkness when I am overcome
with pain. Let me see the light of Your presence. Amen.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Jan Ross lives in Willard, OH, with her husband, Ron; they have six adult children and twelve incredible grandchildren. Jan serves as a women’s minister and missionary with Heart of God International Ministries and she enjoys teaching and writing Bible Studies. Jan has seen God move in her life as His strength is being made perfect in her weakness from fibromyalgia, psoriatic arthritis and other chronic conditions. http://www.heartofgodinternational.com