Getting Ahead: ‘Visibility in Life’


By John G. Pfeifer - Religion Columnist



When I was younger there was a popular song by Johnny Nash that went, “I can see clearly now the rain is gone. I can see all the obstacles in my way. Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind. It’s going to be a bright, bright, bright sun shiny day.”

We all know what it is to have a rainy day in our lives. Those times when nothing seems to be going right and it seems that, as another song said; “If it weren’t for bad luck, I would have no luck at all.”

Even though we all go through these dark times, it seems that some people are able to get through them quickly while others stay there for days, even months or years. The song by Johnny Nash goes on; “I think I can make it now that rain is gone. All of the bad feelings have disappeared. Here is the rainbow I’ve been praying for. It’s going to be a bright, bright, bright sun shiny day.”

I am an IFR certified pilot and there are many times that we have to fly in the clouds, rain, and snow when I cannot see anything. We are cutting through the sky at about 200 miles per hour in zero visibility.

It could be a horrifying and even deadly experience if you did not know what to do. In those times, you fly by your instruments and come out on the other end of your trip exactly where you wanted to be.

Those rainy days, hard times, and clouds in our life are inevitable. Do you think there is something, like instruments, that could guide us through those times when we are experiencing zero visibility?

By the way, that song by Johnny Nash ends up; “Look all around there’s nothing but blue skies. Look straight ahead, nothing but blue skies.”

These and other life questions will be addressed Sunday morning as “The Gathering Place Family” meets in the Washington High School Library for Bible Study at 9:30 and in the gymnasium at 10 a.m. for our Pre-Service Connection where we enjoy coffee, juice and donuts. Our Worship Service and Children’s Church then begins at 10:30. Come at 7 p.m. and be part of our Wednesday night Bible Study and Children’s Ministry on the third floor above Trends at 120 West Court St., Washington C.H.

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By John G. Pfeifer

Religion Columnist