When my husband and I visited Mt. Rainier, the highest point in the continental United States, I expected to see some spectacular sights. But for 2 days the mountain remained shrouded in clouds. So instead of taking pictures, I bought postcards.
Our vacation caused me to question the way I portray my faith to people around me. Do I present a “postcard” view of Christianity? Do I give the false impression that my life is always sunny—that my view of God is always clear?
That’s not what David did. In the passion-filled poetry of Psalm 13, he admitted that he couldn’t see God and didn’t understand what He was doing (v.1). But by the end of his prayer, he was certain that what he couldn’t see was nevertheless there because he had seen it before in God’s bountiful care (vv.5-6).
Christians are like people living at the foot of Mt. Rainier. They’ve seen the mountain before, so they know it exists even when clouds are covering it.
When suffering or confusion obscures our view of God, we can be honest with others about our doubts. But we can also express our confidence that the Lord is still there by recalling times we’ve witnessed His grandeur and goodness. That’s better than postcard Christianity.
God, give us wings to rise above
The clouds of trial that block the sun,
To soar above gray skies and see
The love and goodness of Your Son. —Sper
When living under clouds of adversity, remember that the sun is still shining.