Look out your window and you might see it: that gray blanket of dreary clouds that seems ever present in the January sky. Look around you and you might feel it: that gloom that rides in with the gray and settles with us. It’s hard to shake it sometimes. Just when the weight of it makes you uncomfortable, a subtle yet steadfast irritant like the soft grind of a wool sweater, the sun fights its way through the dense cloud coverage and those first glorious rays break through. Before you know it, the sun has won again and the sky is clear and bright. The gloom is gone and everything feels just right again.
At times I think that there’s more to this than just our perspective through the window panes. Sometimes the tangible sky is luminous but inside we feel like something is just missing.
If you know Jesus as Lord, then I hope that you have experienced the sweetness of being in His presence. If you walk with Him long enough and stumble like we pillars of flesh do, you’ve probably experienced the hollowness that resides inside when we attempt to take the things of this world and force them to fit a void in us that only He can fill. I see a clear analogy between the sun’s victory over the dark skies and the Son’s eternal victory over the darkness as a whole. Just like we crave the feeling of vitality that the sun’s rays give us, as Christians, we will never feel satisfied when we allow things to obstruct our view of Him.
There is good news. We can put our trust in the fact that every damp colorless winter sky will eventually be replaced by the life-filled days of spring- whether here or on the other side. If your spirit feels stuck in a cycle of gray days, just look up- all the way up. He can break through the dreary overcast every time.
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:5 (English Standard Version)
Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life. ” John 8:12 (English Standard Version)
In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. Matthew 5:16 (English Standard Version)