“ . . .that they looked towards the wilderness, and behold, the glory of the Lord appeared in the cloud.” Ex. 16:10
Have you ever had to drive on a very foggy day? Or been in a plane when it flew from clear brightness into the midst of a cloud?
I have, and most days I feel as though I am living in a thick fog or cloud. It is very disorienting. Nothing is clear to me, and I can’t seem to focus enough to get anything accomplished. This can be very frustrating!
My mind drifted to all the times in the Bible when God used clouds for many and various ways. Just think of how Moses must have felt having to climb the mountain and walk directly into the midst of a dark, thick cloud to be in the presence of God and receive all His commandments and laws. He must have felt as disoriented as I do on such days . . . probably more so.
The point I make is God was in that cloud. And, much was accomplished right in the midst of the cloud.
Can it be the same for us on our foggy, cloudy days of pain and misery? Yes, because we have the blessed assurance that God is there in that cloud with us. He is the one Who is guiding us, speaking to us and using us, even though we can’t see what lies ahead of us. “We walk by faith, not by sight.“ We can do nothing in our own strength. But, by allowing Him to use us without even knowing or seeing how He is doing it, it always turns out better than if we had done it ourselves, with a plan in mind.
I pray for things, but “most of the time” I don’t get the exact thing I prayed for. But, God in His wisdom always gives me His best, and it will glorify Him, not me. Isn’t that what we really want to happen in our “foggy days” anyway?
By the way, not all clouds are dark and ominous. Don’t you love to look at the beautiful white clouds and glorious blue skies which He gives us at times? Remember lying on your back in the grass and trying to guess what each cloud might look like? God uses His clouds for our enjoyment, too. Thank you, Lord for Your diversity.
About the Author:
Alice Ervin lives in Ohio with her husband, who is also her best friend. Without him and his ever faithful reminders that God is in control and looking out for her best interest, she feels she couldn’t make it through a day.