My pastor made an amazing observation this sabbath. He said that he loves going on planes on cloudy or rainy days, his reason was that he loves going up and up and up in the plane till the clouds beneath him and all you can see is the clear sky and the white clouds below. How reminiscent to our time in trial. If you notice, while on the ground the gray clouds loom above us, making us feel trapped by them, but once your above them, they’re white. When we are faced with problems: failed New Years resolutions, death, financial problems, or just an overall gloom, it looks like there’s no way out, but take heart, “For our light momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that outweighs them all” (2 Cor. 4:17). Sometimes we don’t even realize we’re above the clouds until we finally look up and gain perspective, in looking down we see the purpose of our pain and that even though below they were gray we had to go through the clouds to rise above them. All the while God was lifting us closer to His side, even through the clouds God has us in His hands.
10 And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. 11 To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen. (1 Peter 5:10-11 NIV)