Wednesday, September 3, 2014

From Sun Rays to Son Rays

Back Mountain Trail
photo by Pam Williams
Walking along the Back Mountain Trail the other day I rounded a bend and stopped abruptly as I saw several beams of sunlight that were made distinctly apparent by smoke from a nearby house. While I probably would have noticed a sunny spot along the otherwise shadowy path, the smoke dramatically unveiled the sun’s rays.

Mulling over this beautiful sight, I realized that God can make Himself known to us in a similar manner. While we may understand that Jesus is present in a general way, we mosey through life, taking little note of his light shining on our way.

Often, however, trials highlight Jesus’ sustaining and guiding presence with us. It is then that we can’t miss him! Just like the smoke made the sunbeams obvious, challenges tend to open our eyes to the Son’s rays—the invisible light of God shining even in our darkest situations.

How have past troubles given you a greater awareness of God’s presence? How has that helped you as you deal with a current testing in your life?

“I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called--his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance.”
Ephesians 1:18

P.S. Can you see the man wearing the white t-shirt in my photo? As we walk through difficult circumstances, let us realize that we are not alone. God is there, going before us.


©2014 Pamela D. Williams


  1. Hi Pam! What a beautiful photo, and no...I don't see the man in the white teeshirt. I need a bigger monitor!
    I do think that I am tested in fire. Not that I like it, mind you. It does show me where I am in my faith though, and if I am capable of staying still and let God make me stronger me. And yes, I have had many, many times of trial. I guess I have very far to go!

  2. That is a gorgeous photo, Pam! Challenges are wonderful, after the fact. LOL! Yes, I know challenges grow our faith, therefore they are good for us. But, I cannot say that i welcome them. I just know that they are necessary. I don't claim to unserstand the mystery behind certain trials, but I know WHO holds my hand. Much joy!

  3. Praise God for His ever present help!
    Often I don't see Him until I look back down dark paths in my life, then I can see His gentle hand, His light guiding me even when I feel lost.

    He's always here. I love Him so!

  4. I had to look hard, but I finally saw the man in the white T-shirt. It's that way sometimes in my own life. Sometimes the Lord is very hard to see, but if I really look hard, He's right there, where He's been there all along.


  5. Love the picture and love the application/encouragement Pam. Thanks