As most of you know, one of my favorite things to do is sit on my front porch. I enjoy watching clouds as they change shape and move across the sky. Whether soft and fluffy, wispy and light, low, dark and gloomy, or looming thunderclouds, they are all beautiful in their own way.
Thunderheads show the power and creativity of God as each type of cloud has its own purpose.
At this also my heart trembles and leaps out of its place.
Keep listening to the thunder of his voice and the rumbling that comes from his mouth. Under the whole heaven he lets it go, and his lightning to the corners of the earth.
After it his voice roars; he thunders with his majestic voice,
and he does not restrain the lightnings when his voice is heard.
God thunders wondrously with his voice; he does great things that we cannot comprehend.
He loads the thick cloud with moisture; the clouds scatter his lightning.
They turn around and around by his guidance, to accomplish all that
he commands them on the face of the habitable world.
Whether for correction or for his land or for love, he causes it to happen.
Yesterday afternoon there were mostly thunderclouds. I failed to get a picture, but they did inspire me to write a poem.
Thunderheads loom tall
Keeping watch over the land
Pressure builds and mounts
Thunderheads grow thick
Filled with moisture, soon they burst
Raindrops pepper down
Lightning ends as thunder rolls
Down from distant hills
From Cumulus to Thunderclouds to Sunshine
On a sunny day when there are lots of cumulus clouds the world looks happy. But what happens when those massive cumulus clouds grow into formidable thunderheads in a darkening sky? Suddenly the world seems angry and sad. But before we know it the storm ends and the sun is shining brightly again.
Like the quickly changing clouds, our lives can change at short notice.
Things can be going along very well when suddenly from nowhere our lives take a negative turn. Maybe we get bad news or lose our jobs or hear a diagnosis we dread. Or maybe it’s just that we didn’t accomplish what we had planned and we feel like failures. It might seem like there is no use trying and things will never get better. We become overwhelmed.
Well, I can’t promise circumstances will get better or even change at all, but we are told in scripture that God is our refuge.
No matter what we struggle with, we can turn to God for strength and peace as we move forward. He will help us through the time of trouble. I have found this to be true in my own life through all kinds of circumstances.
At first I may stumble and panic, but when I turn to God in prayer and put my trust in Him, peace returns. My post, Overwhelm: Grace for the Dark Days shares examples from my life.
God is our refuge and strength, a helper who is always found in times of trouble.
Therefore we will not be afraid, though the earth trembles
and the mountains topple into the depths of the seas,
though its water roars and foams and the mountains quake with its turmoil.