As I watched and listened intently for any indication of lightning, the clouds broke open and fat drops of rain plummeted to the ground. The lifeguards blew their whistles and everyone exited the water as they could no longer see the bottom of the pool. A few minutes passed by and I was sure we were going to have to leave. But, before I called our ride to come get us, the clouds moved on and radiant light and magnificent heat came bursting forth. The sky was clear and amazing blue as feathery clouds dotted the heavens. Everything glistened and smelled fresh.
It made me think of tribulation and how easy it is to assume the darkness is going to linger. How without effort, thoughts focus on the gloom instead of the brilliance of hope and belief that all will be resolved well and good, just as God intended from before the foundations of the earth.
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. (Jeremiah 29:11. ESV.)
So, about 45-60 minutes later when once again the sun disappeared behind a curtain of wind, rain, and sinister, dreary clouds I was not so quick to expect the thunderstorm but instead looked forward to the return of the sunshine.
"Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. 26 And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it." (Matthew 7:24-27. ESV.)