I can see clearly now the rain is gone…


“We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then; see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing Him directly just as He knows us!”
1st Corinthians 13:12 The Message Bible

This picture was taken last summer from the summit of Mt Washington in New Hampshire. The weather atop such summits as Mt. Washington, as well as other very high peaks worldwide, is always a wonder, always unpredictable. Mt. Washington boasts some of the the worst weather on the planet as 4 different air masses collide at its peak. The strongest winds on the planet have been recorded at the science station that calls the summit of Mt Washington home.

On this particular day, we were fortunate as the clouds had given way to blue sky, providing sweeping views below, even allowing trekkers a view of the Atlantic ocean. It is standing on such a summit that reminds me of how truly small I really am–how massive and powerful our planet truly is—but as some many of us live in or near big cities, we often forget about the grandeur of this planet and simply marvel in the man-made world which we call home.

If you’ve read any of my previous posts you know that I spent time in the mountains of North Carolina during college and that it is when I am in the mountains (as well as standing on an ocean shore) that I feel the closest to God, as I can truly marvel in the world He created. The views from a mountain summit or the power felt while standing at the shore of a raging sea, or the silent majesty felt while standing in a cathedral like forest constantly draws me back to God and His splendor—which is so quickly forgotten back in a city.

After all of our Spring rains, when I look at this picture, as when I look out my window this morning, I can hear Johnny Nash singing his oh so familiar number one hit from the early 70’s “I can see clearly now” …..
I can see clearly now, the rain is gone,
I can see all obstacles in my way
Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind
It’s gonna be a bright (bright), bright (bright)
Sun-Shiny day.

It is indeed a bright sunshiny day and just as our verse for this morning so joyfully states, it will not be long before we clearly see and know our Father, just as He sees and knows us—that is joy unto itself and a marvelous wonder of anticipation.

On this sun shiny morning, may I wish for you a sun-shiny day, clear skies and the joy of knowing and clearly seeing your Father in heaven just as He sees and knows you–