Hope Bursts Through a Threatening Cloud of Darkness

A dark cloud approached on the horizon — a deep charcoal, threatening cloud signaling a storm with significant rain and fierce winds. The gray veil of the beginning drizzle began to settle over the mountain valley as the wind began its assault.

Where is Hope When Darkness is Threatening?

I sipped my coffee as I watched the sultry clouds deepen over the ridge.

To my right, down towards the old apple tree, a burst of sunlight made its way through the clouds and I could hear her song — a meadowlark rejoicing in the unexpected light. Her song trilled across the impending darkness — perhaps in spite of the threatening darkness, and comforted my restless spirit.

Do you suppose she knew the storm was coming?

Do you suppose her song was spontaneous praise to her Creator?

Or perhaps an exclamation for God’s grace in the moment because the burst of light had strengthened her with its warmth?

I sipped my coffee and pondered.

My husband’s dementia is growing worse. I know our tomorrows are going to be difficult as we travel uncharted waters. Sometimes I feel afraid. Overwhelmed. I definitely don’t like it. That’s for sure.

But I also know my God is with me.

And I will praise Him.

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Though sultry clouds are on the horizon, I will give Him praise for the moments of grace that strengthen and encourage me.

Strength for Today, Hope for Tomorrow

In Deuteronomy 33:25, the Lord promised Asher, “You will have enough strength for each day.” I believe He has promised me the same.

And you.

Strength for each day.

Hope for tomorrow.

New mercies every morning …

But I think praise is a key component to receiving these promises because praise ushers in God’s presence. It opens the windows of heaven so the blessings can rain down. Praise fills the darkness with His glorious light and unfurls our wings of eagles so we might rise above the storm.

And on those days when my lips seem sealed and praise remains stuffed down deep, I hope to remember the meadowlark and her song in the face of the storm.

Will you?

When threatening storm clouds billow and darkness surrounds, will you think of the meadowlark and offer praise to the One who loves you? The One who is fully aware of the storm and is there with You protecting, providing, and offering strength through His grace?

Dear One, God is good. Storms never take Him by surprise.

And when we can’t praise Him for our circumstances, we can always praise Him for who He is.


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Nan Jones

Nan Jones is an author/speaker who uses the words of her heart to assist fellow Christians in discovering the Presence of God in their darkest hour. She has been published in several anthologies as well as the online inspirational sites Christian Devotions, and Inspire a Fire where she is a monthly contributor. She is also a monthly contributor to PW Connections, a blog and forum to encourage pastors' wives. Nan has had the honor of being featured as a guest blogger on several sites. She is thrilled to announce her debut book, The Perils of a Pastor's Wife released June 30, 2015 by Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. This memoir was a 2016 Selah finalist. When Nan isn't writing, she enjoys leading prayer retreats, bible studies or sharing God’s love as keynote speaker for special events. She is becoming known by her brand: "Even so, I walk in the Presence of the Lord" as she teaches her audience to go beyond the veil to find God's Presence. You may visit Nan at her website: www.NanJones.com. Nan has also created a facebook community page, Seeing Beyond The Veil, to provide a place for folks to go and get away from the chaos for a few moments and focus on Jesus through scripture, worship, testimony, and inspirational quotes. For personal communication you may email Nan at nan@nanjones.com The Perils of a Pastor's Wife is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and LPC Bookstore

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    1. Bless your heart Martin. It’s a hard, crushing experience, but how wonderful to know the God of all Creation is with us. Amazing, isn’t it?

  1. Nan, Thanks for sharing this word of comfort and encouragement. What would we do without the hope of heaven? I’m so thankful God is always with us, especially in our storms. I’m praying for you, hubby, and family. I know the road you’re traveling, sweet friend.

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