I ran across this question in some private devotional time this morning and posted it on my Facebook/Twitter feed. I got some comments, and then somebody asked me what I thought. This is what I wrote.
I love rain, but I hate cloudy days. Yet, God appeared in a cloud. Is that because God is made visible in the gray, when life is a headache? Maybe in our moments of discomfort, of uncertainty and doubt, of walking in the wilderness – that is when we see, when the God who is always near us is made visible, a shape rising in the opacity of our monochromatic situations.
Christian faith is faith in God and when the Christian Confession names God the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit, it is pointing to the fact that in His inner life and nature, God is not dead, not passive, not inactive, but that God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit exist in an inner relationship and movement, which may very well be described as a story. – Karl Barth