While living on the coast of Oregon I purchased an ‘Indiana Jones’ style hat to hang next to the door during the rainy season. During those months you could go for days without seeing the sun, moon, or stars ... but even though these sources of light were hidden from view, we knew they were still there, just waiting to be revealed.
It is hard to find assurance that there is still light in this world when we encounter the ‘clouds’ like death, disease, and loneliness. It can feel as though God is hiding or ignoring us.
Like many of you, when I feel separated from God I turn to God’s promises in the Bible for reassurance. Jesus promises to be with us “to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:20). David wrote that God “who watches over us will neither slumber nor sleep” (Psalm 121:4).
Reading the Bible and covering ourselves with verses about God’s presence and love can act as a wide-brimmed hat in the rain. When the clouds of fear and doubt appear, we can hold on to God’s word which will shelter us from the storm and restore the joy of our salvation.