When we visited Alaska several years ago, I had hoped to see Denali, the highest mountain in the world. We sat on a resort deck for several hours waiting to see it. “It’s right there in front of you,” said the hotel staff. “Really, it’s directly in front of you.”
Hard to believe since all we saw for those few hours were clouds and fog. We never did get to see this magnificent, majestic mountain.
I wonder what else is right there in front of us, hiding behind a cloud. I began to think…What do we sometimes miss seeing in life because it is clouded over?
There are several tall trees in my neighbor’s yard that I can see clearly in the daytime when I look out my office window. I know they are there in plain view, right outside my window because I see them. But at night, all is dark when I look toward that window, yet, I don’t think…hmmmm, I guess the trees aren’t there anymore. Of course not, I know they are there whether I can see them or not, just as I was sure Denali was there even though I couldn’t see it that day.
Isn’t it sometimes similar with God? There are times He seems veiled in clouds or hidden in the darkness of circumstances. II Chronicles 6:1 says, “Then Solomon said, “The Lord has said that He would dwell in the thick cloud.”
It is encouraging to know that He is near even when we don’t see Him, even when we don’t sense His presence. Maybe that’s why eighteen times God said, “I am with you.” Such verses as Isa 41:10 can be an encouragement. “Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”