Here Comes The Sun

“In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
John 16:33

For the past two weeks, Bernie and I have been working at the beach.  For the most part, the weather has been amazing, but two nights ago got a little rough.  What had been a sunny and beautiful day, quickly evolved into a night of intense thunderstorms. 

The rains came, the wind blew, and the thunder clamored.  The house shook and made all kinds of crazy noises.  I felt like it was about to be whisked away to Oz to see the wizard.  I was home alone and terrified; I didn’t want to leave the house.  BUT, I had to get in my car to go pick my mom up from the airport.  What’s a perfect daughter to do??   

Eventually, I worked up the courage to sprint to the car and drive through the torrential downpour.  As I started driving and the rain continued to pour down, I came to a bridge that overlooks the Chesapeake Bay.  What I saw across the water shocked me.  There, in the distance, the sun was shining, the waves were calm, and everything was at peace.

At that moment, I felt the Lord whisper to my heart, “in life there will be storms, even scary ones, but the sun always shines again.”

I know that Noah had a season with a lot of rain, but as far as I can tell, it’s never rained so much that the sun has never come back.  At some point, whether it’s here or in heaven, the sun will shine again!

In John 16, Jesus tells us that here on this earth, each of us will face hardships.  He doesn’t say, “In this world you might have trouble.”  He says, “You will have trouble.”  No matter what, each one of us will face different storms.   

But the gift we have in Jesus, is that He has overcome them.  No matter what troubles we find ourselves facing here, this is not where we ultimately belong.  The pain and trouble we face on earth, is temporary.  The sun will shine again!

The other beautiful thing about Jesus is that He loves us unconditionally, even when we’re hurting.  The pain, heartache, and hurt is real to Him.  Our hearts matter to Him. 

He listens to us when we cry, when we have questions, when we’re frustrated, and when we’re tired of waiting for the sun.  He’s with uscomforting us and helping us see that the storm might be dark, but the sun will come back. 

“Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble,
       and he brought them out of their distress.
He stilled the storm to a whisper;
       the waves of the sea were hushed.
They were glad when it grew calm,
       and he guided them to their desired haven.”
Psalm 107: 28-30

“The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.”
Deuteronomy 33:27