He was driving his young, observant, daughter to school. The sun shined bright in the early morning causing sharp glares all about them. While waiting for the light to turn green his daughter announced, “Daddy look,” as she pointed up in the sky toward the western horizon, “God forgot to turn the moon off this morning after he used it.” A rule her father most likely preached in their household.
The little girl made a cute declaration, but we know the truth is; the moon is always on. And just like the moon, God is always there too. There are times we may not see him though we are desperately looking for his presence. At other times we may only see a sliver of Him in our lives. I think our favorite times are when we see God big, and bright, and fully present in our lives.
But the real test of our faith is moving forward in the darkest times of our lives. Perhaps proceeding slowly, reaching out, grasping for something familiar so we know where we are and where we are going. Knowing full well God is there even though we may not see him. It is in those days that our faith is on exhibit for all to see. Others are most likely watching to see how we cope with a lost job, a lost loved one, or a less than favorable medical report.
Those dark days are not the days our faith is grown, but relied upon to get us through the storm.
Hopefully we filled up our faith tank before this journey begin.
Something that is done by spending time with God in the “things are going great” days. Talking to him on a regular basis, learning his nature, and his character. Being confident He is always there.
38 So now I live with the confidence that there is nothing in the universe with the power to separate us from God’s love. I’m convinced that his love will triumph over death, life’s troubles,[a] fallen angels, or dark rulers in the heavens. There is nothing in our present or future circumstances that can weaken his love. 39 There is no power above us or beneath us—no power that could ever be found in the universe that can distance us from God’s passionate love, which is lavished upon us through our Lord Jesus, the Anointed One! Rom. 8:38-39 (TPT)
The little girl will continue to grow, and learn. She will study astronomy, and realize the moon is not an object that is turned on or off, but forever present, used, and needed somewhere around the globe. And hopefully she will learn about God, and that He doesn’t waste anything, especially the people He makes.
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