It was shortly after 6:00 this morning when I walked into the room where I have my quiet time with the Lord. As I always do, I looked out the window at my usual view…a view I have grown to love.
And there, right above our Pin Oak tree that has been in hundreds of my sky pictures, was a lone dark cloud.
It was so odd and unexpected. Most of the sky was clear except for a few clouds here and there.
I looked on my weather app and even the radar was clear.
But there was no denying that just outside my window sat a large dark cloud.
It wasn’t long before I heard rumbles of thunder. By now the cloud had moved, and the rising sun was reflecting out of it. I could see a shaft of rain in the distance.
All of it was truly beautiful.
I have said it many times before, but it bears repeating. The most beautiful sky pictures usually involve storm clouds.
Storms can be frightening.
But storms can also be beautiful, and storms can bring much needed nourishment to our land.
In fact, we need storms for life and growth.
None of us have far to look today in order to see a storm cloud. Not a literal storm cloud. However, just turn on the news or read the headlines, and there you see it…a cloud of fear. Many clouds of fear, actually, all around our world.
We’re all dealing with those clouds, but many are also dealing with clouds that are even closer. Personal clouds of fear are right outside your windows. Situations exist that are beyond your ability to dictate and manage.
Yet in those fearful clouds, those scary circumstances, there is the beauty of knowing that if you are walking with God then He is in charge. He will only allow what is best for each of His children, even if part of that plan contains fear or pain.
Never forget this:
“Out of my distress I called upon the Lord;
The Lord answered me and set me free.
The Lord is on my side;
I will not fear.
What can man do to me?” (Psalm 118:5-6)
“The Lord is God, and He has made His light to shine upon us…”
The Lord is God.
Be sure you know God, personally, through Jesus.
Then take comfort in knowing that the Lord is on the side of His people who know Him.
And we have nothing to fear, now or in the end.