Dark and Gold

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Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again— my Savior and my God! —Psalm 42:11, NLT

One evening many years ago, as a young teacher, I officiated at a program that was attended by many college students. Shortly before I ascended the platform, a colleague handed me a sheet of paper on which was written some information she thought I could probably use in my presentation. I quickly scanned the material and thought it was relevant but was unsure at what point I should include it. Partway through the program, I decided to share the information with the audience. After reading the first sentence, I proceeded to read the second.

Then I fumbled and fumbled and had to reread it again.

And again. Can you just imagine the feeling of embarrassment and horror that seized me? I felt I had disappointed myself and everyone else.

I felt very depressed that night, and the next morning I still felt so humiliated. As I went for my usual walk that morning, I could not help but see the sky above bathed with artistic sweeps of gold across the blue. Suddenly, I was filled with a sense of elation and joy.

The thought struck me that God wanted to lift my spirits, so He painted the beautiful golden sunrise to remind me that the dark moments will pass, the clouds will lift, and His Spirit will draw me closer to Him. As I got ready for work, I thanked God for speaking to me through the book of nature. In fact, God speaks to me in ways I often seem to overlook.

Sometimes it is in the touch of the wind against my face; at other times, it is in the sound of the waves as they crash against the shore; sometimes, it is in the voice of a friend; and often, it is in the gentle, falling rain, or in the beauty of a flower.

While it is true that, as human beings, we become depressed and distressed by various circumstances in our lives, it is also encouraging to know God is always with us and has promised to soothe our fears when we trust in Him.

Thank you, heavenly Father, for the constant reminder of Your love and care for every one of Your children.

Carol Joy Fider

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