26th July – I can see clearly now

I can see clearly now the rain is gone; I can see all obstacles in my way.

One of my favourite films called ‘Cool Runnings’ (1993) was about the novice four-man Jamaican bobsleigh team competing in the winter Olympics of 1988.  As well as being very funny it had a great soundtrack which included the theme song, “I can see clearly now the rain has gone” sung by Jimmy Cliff. This song reached no.18 on the US Billboard Hot 100!

Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind.

Life isn’t always easy.  Sometimes dark clouds make it difficult to see where to go next.  That’s why we need a light to guide us through, especially during tough times. In Psalm 119 we read, “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.”  The psalmist refers to the Word: the written or spoken message of God and which today includes the special message that Jesus brought us. 

God created the world and placed us all in it with a purpose.  You get to know God, better understand who He’s created you to be, and navigate this increasingly dark world by the light of His Word.

Using the Word of God in this way helps us make better decisions in life and answer difficult questions.  While the bible may not have a specific answer to what challenges us, it does offer guidance to make better choices.

But sometimes making a choice can be scary. Then, it’s best to remember a verse from the old Testament,  “Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, This is the way; walk in it.”  (Isaiah 30:21). Keep walking on the right path by talking regularly to God, He is with you on your journey. 

Knowing that God is with me always helps me to get through dark times, I find comfort in not having to face them alone. So I find strength in the words: “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua1:9)

He knows the path I should take, and He walks it with me.  If I ever stumble or fall, He is there to pick up me up.  If I ever get lost, He is there to bring me back to the right path.

“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!”  (1 Corinthians 13:12)

Understanding God and his plan for us and walking with Him daily makes everything seem brighter, just as the song goes:

It’s gonna be a bright (bright), Bright (bright) sunshiny day.