It was a usual morning drive to work and I had some things weighing on my mind. As I was engrossed in my thoughts I looked to my left, and saw this man enveloped in sun rays like he was an angel from heaven. I quickly realized that he was a landscaper blowing away the fallen leaves. I watched as he held his shirt over his mouth to keep from inhaling the heaps of dust blowing all around him.
However, I also noticed that because of the whirlwind of dust, the beautiful, golden morning sun rays were radiantly illuminated.
It hit me–An aha moment–I asked myself, is it possible that I don’t quite see or experience the beauty of God’s presence until the dust (so to speak) is kicked up in my life? Unwanted circumstances, complications, disappointments, and pain are all possible dusty things that find their way into our lives.
Those sun rays were so radiant and beautiful, but I never would have seen them had it not been for that windy force kicking up the dust all around. Often we despise and resent the dust (our circumstances), and fail to realize that they are the means to seeing God and experiencing His presence.
There is a verse in Romans that came to mind as I was contemplating this newfound idea:
“For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.”
God who is invisible to us made Himself known (visible) through the things he made. The ocean, a sunset, a bird, people, are all bearing witness to Him. This list is all positive but how much more do we owe to painful circumstances? We have found patience, humility, grace, and love (just to name a few) forged in our hearts through the things we never would have anticipated or asked for.
I’m sure that poor landscaper didn’t see the scene I saw, and was annoyed by the dust getting in his eyes and all over his clothes. Oftentimes, it’s like that with us in life. We are in the center of the dust storm, and don’t always recognize that the very thing we are balking against is the means to illuminating God’s love, presence, and beauty to us.
This challenges me to look at my circumstances in a whole other light. So much of life boils down to perspective. What do we see? The dust or the sun rays made possible by the dust?
The choice is ours, and God bids us to find Him in the midst of the circumstances that challenge us. God says there are treasures IN darkness, if thats true, we find that we don’t need to fight the dark and the dust, because in them we find treasure – we find God.