A thick haze shrouded the Beijing airport as I boarded the plane for the U.S. Settling into my seat, I looked out my rain- splattered window at a dreary scene, all in shades of gray. Then the fog enveloped us as the plane began its ascent. Streets, cars, and buildings below disappeared completely. All was gray and dark.
Then suddenly we broke through the cloud layer to a dazzling sunshine! The rays of the sun reflected on the smooth carpet of white clouds below, almost blinding in its brilliance. A deep blue sky stretched endlessly in every direction. I’d never seen anything so beautiful.
“This is reality,” I thought. “This is what life should be.” I thought of all the millions of people in the crowded, polluted city below. Day after day they live under the heaviness of that gray haze, never knowing what life could be like in the sunshine.
Breaking Through the Clouds
I know what it’s like to live under dark clouds of depression. When I first returned from four years in Asia, I was physically, emotionally, and spiritually exhausted. I was living every day in a thick fog. And I thought that’s the way my life would always be. But over the weeks and months, through prayer and counseling, Jesus brought healing. I started to see the first rays of light breaking through. And He gave me hope that things could be different.
Are you living under the heavy clouds of depression? The rain of discouragement? The fog of doubt? Life doesn’t have to be that way. Let Jesus break through your darkness and bring you His light. There IS hope and healing in Christ! Come up into the sunshine – above the clouds.
“Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and He saved them from their distress. He brought them out of darkness and gloom, and broke their chains.” Psalm 107:13-14