Life can change suddenly… Unexpectantly… In an instant… Just like that….the storm arises… Without any warning at all. One moment you are experiencing the bliss of intimacy with Christ. The world is full of light. His voice is clear and distinct. The Word has come alive before you. You are enjoying the glory and radiance of time alone with God on the mountain top. “And as these were leaving Him, Peter said to Jesus, ‘Master, it is good for us to be here;…While He was saying this, a cloud formed and began to overshadow them; and they were afraid as they entered the cloud. Then a voice came out of the cloud, saying, ‘This is My Son, My Chosen One; listen to Him!” Luke 9:33-35
Anyone know what I’m talking about today? You are in a good place, accompanied by good friends, standing in His presence, and everything is “all good.”
But then it all changes… Dark, heavy clouds fill your life. The light that once shown so brightly has now been diminished and all but disappeared. His voice has become a distant memory. The word that once was so clear now lies all but forgotten in the corridors of your mind. Just moments before you were full of joy and confidence. But now it has all dissipated in the fog of fear that has suddenly surrounded you. You feel alone. All alone. The friends that once seemed so close have now vanished. And worst of all? You can’t see Him anymore and you quickly begin to wonder if He has not altogether abandoned you.
Yes, life can change suddenly.
We have all been there at some point (some of you reading this might well be there right now). And if you will allow me, I want to remind each of you of something very important today. Think about it for a minute. Their visible situation may have changed. The clouds might have hidden Jesus from your view. Circumstances had now brought them to a place of fear. But only the EXTERNALS had changed. The ESSENTIALS were still the same. The disciples were still on the mountain top. And Jesus was still there. The clouds had overshadowed them but the Savior had not forsaken them. The glory of the moment had left them but Jesus had not abandoned them.
When everything around them gave way to sudden change, when everything within them crumbled before the violence of human emotion, God had remained constant, steadfast, and unmoveable. Jesus was still there. He had never left. Not once. Not for a single moment.
There will be those times when the clouds of worry and fear seem to hide Him from view, but no matter how dark the night we can take heart. God is always there. He will never leave us. And if we will be still, we will hear His voice.