Clouds and shining rainbows
Now men do not see the light which is bright in the skies;
But the wind has passed and cleared them.
In the clouds of affliction the eye of faith can always trace God’s rainbow.
Sensing the importance of the refreshing showers God sends into our lives.
M. F. Butts wrote these poetic lines:
“Is it raining, little flower? Be glad of rain.
The sun that veils itself from thee will shine again.
The clouds are very black, ’tis true;
but just behind them shines the blue.
Art thou weary, tender heart?
Be glad of pain.
In sorrow, sweetest things will grow as flowers in the rain.
God watches and thou wilt have sun,
when clouds their perfect work have done.”
A lady who had endured much trial and had spent hours of suffering in a hospital wrote, “The inspired words in Job 37:21 have become very precious to me. At first it was impossible for me to see the ‘bright light… in the clouds, but afterward I knew that all the suffering the Lord permitted to come into my life was for my very own good.
Now I am trying to help others to have faith and see their rainbow, recognizing that the ‘showers of trouble’ are sent for our cleansing.”
Dr. T. L. Cuyler has aptly remarked, “As rainbows are necessarily painted by raindrops, so sanctified tears are needed to water the roots of grace! We can therefore say with confidence: Blessed are they that mourn for they shall mend!”
When showers drench our pathway, we often get so busy looking at the “pools of perplexity” which form at our feet that we do not look up long enough to trace our “rainbows.” Sent by the Lord for our needful cleansing and guided by the “wind” of the Spirit, each black and threatening billow has its own blessed bow of promise!
If Providence our comforts shroud
And dark distresses lower;
Hope prints its rainbow on the cloud,
And grace shines through the shower!
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