As I was sitting outside this morning I saw the most beautiful sight.*
It spoke to me and encouraged me.
When the clouds are so thick in the sky, you can forget there is a sun. The clouds are often heavy and grey and lie low. I was reminded of how often, as things get difficult and you are faced with challenges, you can forget that the Lord is there. You might only be able to see the hardships and challenges because they are right in front of you.
As I was watching, there was a break in the clouds and the sun shone down.
The sun is always there, it is there whether you can see it or not. In the same way, we are never left alone. God doesn't abandon us, disappear or leave us. In fact He is right there, always.
This morning I read 1 Peter 5:10
And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.
His promise is that we will suffer only for a short while.
and that after the storm ....
He will restore and strengthen us!
*The images I chose were selected to illustrate the message and not actually what I saw as you obviously noted.