What do we see in the clouds?
Nahum !:3b The clouds are the dust of his feet
The weather has been amazing for this time of year, quite odd to look out and see a cloud. Yet in life terms many folk are struggling with the clouds of life and I found this very helpful insight from Oswald Chambers who wrote:
In the Bible clouds are always connected with God. Clouds are those sorrows or sufferings or providences, within or without our personal lives, which seem to dispute the rule of God. It is by those very clouds that the Spirit of God is teaching us how to walk by faith. If there were no clouds, we should have no faith. The clouds are but the dust of our Father’s feet. The clouds are a sign that He is there. What a revelation it is to know that sorrow and bereavement and suffering are the clouds that come along with God! God cannot come near without clouds, He does not come in clear shining.
It is not true to say that God wants to teach us something in our trials; through every cloud He brings, He wants us to unlearn something. His purpose in the cloud is to simplify our belief until our relationship to Him is exactly that of a child — God and my own soul, other people are shadows. Until other people become shadows, clouds and darkness will be mine every now and again. Is the relationship between myself and God getting simpler than ever it has been?
Rev 1:7 tells us that: He comes with the clouds
and in the gospels when Peter James and John went with Jesus up the mount of transfiguration they were engulfed in the cloud when God the Father spoke Mk 9:7.
The next moment they found they could see Jesus only (v8). Maybe the cloud we are going through as individuals and communities can bring us to a place where we too see and rely on Jesus alone.
I have been thinking a lot about the verse Ps63: 3 your love is better than life. To be safe, to be certain of his love towards us, to know our destiny is secure in his faithful love is a foundation of peace in this whirlwind of life where we are no longer reliant on others opinions about us.
may the clouds of life, which are all about us, produce a clearer vision of Jesus only.