I was walking with Jesus and He told me to look up and asked me what I saw. I saw a starry night that was completely clear where I was looking straight up. I told Jesus what I saw. Then I widened my view and saw that there were dark clouds surrounding the patch of clear sky I had been looking at.
The Lord told me that as I walk with Him the dark and stormy clouds are broken through to reveal clear sky. But He told me that if I take my eyes off of Him the dark clouds will come together quickly. As we moved forward the patch of clear sky moved with us and stayed right over our heads.
The Lord said, “I am the light. I am your lamp. If you look at me you will see me. If you can’t see me you aren’t looking at me. I won’t hide myself from you if you are seeking me. I will never leave or abandon you. Even in the grip of sin my light shines bright for you. There is no darkness that can stand next to my light. I am the light of the world and darkness flees every time.”
Then I had this line from a well-known song pressed on my heart. “My hope is found in nothing less than Jesus Christ my righteousness……On Christ the solid rock I stand all other ground is sinking sand.”
There have been times in my life when the clouds had surrounded me and I couldn’t see God. What I sense the Lord is saying here is that it wasn’t because He had left me. It was because I wasn’t looking at Him. I took my eyes off of Jesus and put them on the storm clouds. As those clouds rained hopelessness, dread, anxiety and other things on me, I would begin to sink.
But Jesus is always there with His hand stretched out to rescue us just like He was there when Peter began to sink. He doesn’t leave and He won’t refuse to shine for us. He says, “seek me and you will find me” (Jer 29:13) and also “I will be with you wherever you go (Josh 1:9).”
I believe this vision is for all of us. There is so much pain and tragedy in the world but the light of Jesus shines brighter. Can you see Him? Are you looking at Him? How has His light shined brighter than the darkness of your tragedies?
Jesse and Kara Birkey