Photo and Commentary ©2021 by Darren Milam
Wednesday, July 28, 2021

I can almost guarantee we have all had a moment where we’ve been under pressure or felt a bit of gloom, as though all the dark clouds were hovering over us. Whether we were facing uncertainties, or dealing with a loss, in that moment we just couldn’t see past the darkness. When this happened to you, what did you do? Did you pray? Did you seek God in that moment and ask for the strength to get you through that trial? We know He wants us to ask for help. He wants us to put those burdens at His feet and forget about them. I’ll be the first to admit, it takes work to do that. We, as humans, like to do things ourselves and when we are faced with adversity, we tend to bare down and try to “power through it.” Clearly this isn’t God’s plan. In fact His plan is vastly different.

God’s plan is: we come to Him with our issues/burdens/concerns, we give those to Him to take care of, and then we have much more strength and energy to focus on the important things, like a relationship with our Father.

Matthew 11:28-30,
“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

Isaiah 41:13,
“For I, the Lord your God, will hold your right hand, Saying to you, ‘Fear not, I will help you.’”

These are just two verses reminding us of God’s real plan when it comes to our concerns and issues. When I think of the way my mind attempts to hold onto these burdens, I can visualize the dark clouds overhead. What I fail to see is the beautiful sunlight above those clouds. That sunlight can represent the calming peace of our Creator, taking our burdens and clearing those clouds away.

The image here is above the clouds on the way down the Pacific Coast.