Revelation 1:7 See! He is coming in the clouds. Every eye will see Him. Even the men who killed Him will see Him. (NLV)
Just like a garden needs the rain that accompanies the clouds, I need Jesus, who is always with me as the dark clouds pass through my life... and there have been plenty. What I do in those times is what is important. Do I stop what I'm doing and run for cover? Maybe I just change my up my plans and keep myself busy. I may be tempted to look up and ask, "Why now God? I have important things to do." Or, "Can You please make it stop? I can't go through this.'
Did I look to Him when the skies were clear? Did I say "Thank you Lord!" and praise Him when I felt the sunshine on my face and all was well with my world? - Not nearly enough, I'm sure. Forgive me, Lord. Am i able to be thankful when I am in the middle of a tsunami of turmoil?
Unless we can look the darkest, blackest fact full in the face without damaging Gods character, we do not yet know Him. ~ Oswald Chambers
My dark, black cloud appeared on May 4th, 2010. I was uncertain if I would live to see May 5th, and in that cloud I received my greatest blessing. My notation at the bottom of the July 29 page of my devotional reads: "*Thank You that You were all I could see in that dark cloudy moment May 4 - and that others needed to know you."
God was with me as that cloud passed. I felt closer to Him than I ever had in my life. I wasn't afraid. I didn't try pleading with Him to spare me. My thoughts were only of Him, and the work for His kingdom that I had left undone. Who didn't I tell about Jesus? Am I sure my family knows him? My friends? I had peace knowing I would be with Him. But would they?
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. ~ Oswald Chambers