Rusty the Rooster had a very important job. It was his job to wake up all the animals on the
farm. So every morning he would stand on top of the hen house, and as soon as he saw the
sun peeking over the horizon he would crow at the top of his lungs, “Cock-a-doodle-doo! Cock-
a-doodle-doo!” Then all the cows and the goats and the chickens and the horses would wake
One morning Rusty was standing on top of the hen house ready to crow, waiting for the sun to
come up. He waited…and waited…and waited. But there was no sign of the sun. He waited
some more…no sun! Now Rusty was worried. So he went into the hen house and woke up
Henrietta Hen and said to her, “The sun is gone! I've been out there waiting for it, but it never
came up. It's gone!”
Henrietta said, “You silly rooster! The sun's not gone. You just can't see it because the clouds
are covering it up. It's still up there up above the clouds.”
Boy, was Rusty relieved! Then he started thinking about that, and he said to Henrietta, “You
know, that's’ just like God.”
Henrietta said, “It is?”
Rusty said, “Yes. Sometimes when we have trials it seems like God’s not there – because the
trials get in the way. But He's still there. Think of it like this: the clouds come and go, but the sun
is always there; our trials come and go, but God is always there.”
Then Rusty went out and climbed back up on the hen house, and even though he couldn't see
the sun, he crowed louder than he had ever crowed before.
You see, sometimes when bad things happen people worry that God has left us. But God is still
there even though we may not see Him. And He still loves every one of us.
Let’s pray: Father in heaven, sometimes when we have trials it seems like You're not there any
more. Help us to remember that the Bible promises that You will never leave us or forsake us.
And for that, we thank You in Jesus’ holy name. Amen.
God is always there
"God has said, 'Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.'"
Hebrews 13:5b (NIV)
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