Re: AWWY - \"Brighter Skies Ahead\" (#4292)
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A WORD WITH YOU
By Ron Hutchcraft
#4292 - "Brighter Skies Ahead"
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It was April in the mountains of the West - which means you can experience any
and all of the four seasons during one trip. We had actually started our
journey in warm temperatures, but by the time we hit that mountain pass, it
started to snow - I mean the thick, big flakes kind of snow. All of us actually
started singing Christmas carols, even though it was just a few days before
Easter. We were racing a deadline, so the snow was a mixed blessing. It was
incredibly beautiful, but it was almost blinding at times, making our trip
slower and more treacherous. And then we saw it: a thin line of sunshine
between the bottom of the snow clouds and the tops of the mountains ahead. And
we were excited because that was our future.
Well, I'm Ron Hutchcraft and I want to have A Word With You today about
"Brighter Skies Ahead."
It was tough driving, and the journey was getting more difficult and more
dangerous. But we were okay with that because we knew there were brighter skies
ahead. And soon we actually were basking in sunshine everywhere.
It could be that you're driving a stretch in your life-journey right now that
is pretty rough. You're getting tired of how hard it is to keep moving. You're
anxious about what could happen and wondering how long it's going to be like
this. You need to see some sunshine. And there is some. I love this simple
reassurance of Psalm 30:5, our word for today from the Word of God, where He
says, "Weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning." The
Bible never denies that we will have seasons of hurt and weeping - but God
wants us to see the sun beneath the clouds ahead. It won't always be this way.
He promises that. He says that after tears in the night, there will be joy in
My wife was driving when we hit that heavy snow in the mountains. But when she
saw that line of sunlight ahead, she said, "If I knew I had to drive like this
all night, it would be tough. But I know there's better road ahead." That is
God's guarantee for every child of His. Whenever I think I've got a heavy
burden, it helps me to think about the load the Apostle Paul carried -
shipwrecks, beatings, imprisonments, rejection, death threats. Major storms.
But he said, "We do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet
inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles
are achieving for us an eternal weight of glory that far outweighs them all."
Paul calls all those painful times "light and momentary" - even though he's in
the middle of some of that pain. He's comparing it to the sunshine ahead,
knowing that compared to how good and how long the good times are going to be,
this junk is light and momentary. So, he says, "we fix our eyes not on what is
seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen
is eternal." Temporary. This too shall pass. And the day on the other side of
this night is going to be awesome!
The difference is what you choose to fix your eyes on. If you focus on the
storm you're in, you'll lose hope. You'll give up. But if you keep your eyes on
the sun on the horizon - the rewards for your faithfulness, the deepening of
your relationship with your Lord, the better thing God will give you in place
of what you have lost - then there will be joy in this journey. So, keep on
driving. Drive carefully and look down the road at the beauty that's on ahead.
For just like us on that snowy, stormy day, you'll soon be celebrating a break
in the clouds and a day that is flooded with glorious sunlight. No matter how
dark it looks now, there are brighter skies ahead!
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