The City of Phoenix averages around 296 sunny days per year. If you live in Ketchikan or Seattle, 296 days may sound like Heaven. Sun worshippers believe it is good for the soul to soak up the benefits of Vitamin D the rays provide, but we Phoenicians are a bit quirky because we actually enjoy the occasional rain and have a genuine appreciation for cloudy days. One of the greatest benefits of clouds is their presence provides an incredibly beautiful backdrop for creating the most spectacular sunsets you’re likely to see anywhere.
As in life, most people would prefer a perfect “cloudless” life without strife or conflict. But as with clouds and sunsets, life’s trials and troubles provide the perfect backdrop for developing our relationship with Christ. Were it not for the occasional crisis driving us to our knees in desperation, many Christians might not ever truly learn the “bigness” of our God.
Through our trials and struggles we come to appreciate the beauty of watching our Lord choreograph solutions to problems that are beyond our control. Without the trials we might never learn that what might be impossible for us is completely possible for our Lord. (Luke 18:27)
To live a life completely devoid of problems is a life where there is no need of God; a life where there is no personal growth and a life lived ignorant of other’s struggles … a life lived solely for us.
Just like we need cloudy days for the shade they provide and the beautiful sunsets they produce --believe it or not, we need the trials and struggles of life to push us towards our Savior.
“I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 (NLT)