On a clear day, if I sit at the end of my driveway, I can see for miles. Looking to the East I can see the upper tiers of the football stadium and taller buildings of the University of Oklahoma campus in Norman. If I look to the North, I can see even farther to the Devin Tower and other buildings of downtown Oklahoma City.
It has been cloudy, dreary and rainy much of the last week. One morning, as I sat at the end of my driveway looking to the North and to the East, all I could see was gray. The buildings and structures I would normally see were covered by a thick dense blanket of clouds and fog.
As I continued my journey, much of my normal view was obscured. I could not see the morning sunrise. I could not see the usual buildings, signs and landmarks. I could not see them, but I knew they were still there. I knew when the clouds dispersed and the skies cleared they would all still be there.
I thought how this is much like our relationship with our Heavenly Father. Sometimes the gray clouds and darkness of trial and adversity in our lives can make it difficult for us to see Him or to know that He is there. But just because we cannot see Him or see His plan for us at the moment does not mean He is not there or that He is not working in our lives.
During times of doubt and despair, when we have trouble knowing that He is there we need only to remember the times that we have felt His presence and have seen His hand in our lives. We need only to remind ourselves that just like gray clouds these dark and difficult times will pass too.
I know that these gray clouds will pass, the sun will shine and once again the view from the end of my driveway will be clear. I know that the buildings and structures in the distance are there even when I cannot see them.
As surely as I know this, I know that my Heavenly Father is there even though I cannot see Him. I know this because I see His miracles and His creations. I know this because I see His hand and His influence in my life.
I know that He loves us and watches over us. No matter how dark, no matter how difficult this world, I know that He is always there.