through His Word
I expected sleepy sunlight to greet me when I pushed back the curtains, but instead, fog camped on the peaks of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Almost 500 Christian writers converged on Ridgecrest, a beautiful conference center nestled on the side of a North Carolina mountain.
Some of us took pictures of the fog and its accompanying rain-filled clouds. Others wished they had umbrellas to trek across the campus to stay as dry as possible. It wasn’t until the last morning of the conference that the fog lifted and I saw the personal relevance of our ethereal friend.
As long as the writers were stationed on site—learning, worshiping God, and connecting with each other—the fog stayed. When it was time for the writers to go home, the fog left too. In the Old Testament, God’s presence was manifested by a cloud that led His people through the wilderness and protected them. The constant presence of the fog last week will always serve as a reminder to me that God is constantly with His people.
How much we need Him! God is with us on the mountain and in the valley. In the sunshine and in the storm. In the laughter and in the pain. We need Him as much as we need air to breathe, for He is the Giver of hope, the Healer of hearts, and the only Constant in a chaotic world. He knows how to work harmful things into good and how to help us share our story with others. He is always with us. Have you seen His “cloud” with you recently?
I find His cloud in the joy I gain from spending time alone with Him. When I hear my favorite song sung in church. In the encouragement from a friend. I know He is with me through answered prayer, victory over a struggle, and peace that can only come from Him. He is both my fog and my sunshine. The Shepherd who guides me and the Fire that moves me to tell others about Him.
How have you seen God’s presence with you recently? How has He made Himself real to you? Share in the comments below, and let’s celebrate together that God’s presence is always with us.
“I am with you always, even to the end of the age."
Matthew 28:20 NKJV
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