Thursday, June 14, 2012

gray blue sky

The sky this morning is an interesting mix of gray and blue (see picture).  It seems to mix a picture of difficulty and hope.  The low-lying clouds that seem to patrol overhead are ominous and a little heavy.  The psalm this morning is Psalm 10.  The author starts off by saying: "Why do You stand afar off, O Lord?  Why do you hide Yourself in times of trouble?"  I suppose it can seem that God is far away when the clouds hang low and problems seem to cover like a blanket.  In the midst of difficulty it can appear that God is not here or near.  And for a time, even the wicked may seem to prosper.  Verse 11: "He says to himself, "God has forgotten; He has hidden His face; He will never see it."  By the end of the psalm we are reminded that God doesn't miss anything.  He is like the blue sky that rides always behind the clouds: "O Lord, You have heard the desire of the humble; You will strengthen their heart, You will incline Your ear" (verse 17).

Rob Smith

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