Along with the wildflowers blooming this past week, there have also been many clouds hanging out in our expansive Texas skies. Numerous clouds and massive clouds, but these are not rain-filled clouds. No, just clouds journeying across the sky: bright, white, puffy clouds and also grey, expansive, low lying clouds.
This morning I was watching these cloudy skies while reading "The Beloved Disciple" by Beth Moore. While the entire book has been amazing, it was a passage she included from Oswald Chambers' book, "My Utmost for His Highest" that stood out like a bright lit marquee for me today:
"In the Bible, clouds are always associated with God. Clouds are the sorrows, sufferings, or providential circumstances, within or without our personal lives, which actually seem to contradict the sovereignty of God. Yet it is through these very clouds that the Spirit of God is teaching us how to walk by faith. If there were never any clouds in our lives, we would have no faith. 'The clouds are the dust of His feet' (Nahum 1:3). They are a sign that God is there . . . Through every cloud He brings our way, He wants us to unlearn something. His purpose in using the cloud is to simplify our beliefs until our relationship with Him is exactly like that of a child -- a relationship simply between God and our own souls, and where other people are but shadows . . . "
This kind of makes you look at clouds differently, doesn't it? Not only have there been many clouds overhead this past week, but I have experienced many cloudy skies in my own life lately as well. Knowing that these clouds are a sign that God is there, that He is teaching me something that will bring me closer to Him, makes me look at the cloudy days differently. I often make my life more complicated than it is meant to be, but God can make it uncomplicated if we just follow what He teaches us. It won't be easy at times, but when you spend time looking at the clouds, they can be most beautiful.
"For your mercy is great above the heavens, and your truth reaches to the clouds."
Psalm 108:4 (NKJV)