the clouds you so much dread
‘Why, then do we dread the clouds which now darken our sky? True, for a while they hide the sun, but the sun is not quenched; he will shine out again before long. Meanwhile those black clouds are filled with rain; and the blacker they are, the more likely they are to yield plentiful showers. How can we have rain without clouds? …¬†These clouds will empty themselves before long and every tender herb will be gladder for the shower. Our God may drench us with grief, but he will not drown us with wrath; nay he will refresh us with mercy. Our Lord’s love letters often come to us in black-edged envelopes. His wagons rumble, but they are loaded with benefits. His rod blossoms with sweet flowers and nourishing fruits. Let us not worry about the clouds, but sing because May flowers are brought to us through the April clouds and showers. Oh Lord the clouds are the dust of thy feet! How near thou are in the cloudy and dark day! Love beholds thee, and is glad. Faith sees the clouds emptying themselves and making the little hills rejoice on every side.’
Charles Spurgeon –¬†Chequebook of the Bank of Faith