Tumultuous Clouds Darken, but Hope is Never Defeated

TUMULTUOUS CLOUDS

Tumultuous clouds
Moving fast across the sky
Will there be a storm?

Patches of blue sky
Visible where clouds are thin
Will there be clearing?

Storms enter our lives
Like clouds that obscure the light
Yet hope never dies

Through the darkest times
Jesus, our guide, shows the way
Back into the light

There were certainly tumultuous clouds that day when Jesus and his disciples got into a boat to cross the lake. Jesus must have been pretty tired, because he was sleeping. The winds blew stronger and harder and the waves rose to a scary height. Those disciples feared for their lives and wondered how Jesus could sleep during such a wild storm. They had forgotten that He was the Lord, who made the heavens and the earth. Let’s read the rest of the story as Luke described it:

They came and woke him up, saying, “Master, Master, we’re going to die!”

Then he got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waves. So they ceased, and there was a calm. He said to them, “Where is your faith?”

They were fearful and amazed, asking one another, “Who then is this? He commands even the winds and the waves, and they obey him!”

Luke 8:24-25

Our Lord is more powerful than any other and is able to rescue from the worst situations. David often called upon God to rescue him and then offered his praise and thanksgiving.

I love you, Lord, my strength.
The Lord is my rock,
my fortress, and my deliverer,
my God, my rock where I seek refuge,
my shield and the horn of my salvation,
my stronghold.
I called to the Lord, who is worthy of praise,
and I was saved from my enemies.

Psalm 18:1-3
tumultuous clouds
Picture taken early evening standing at the top of my hill

IMAGERY OF STORM CLOUDS, EARTHQUAKES AND MORE

Continuing in Psalm 18, David uses imagery of storm clouds, earthquake and more to describe how God rescued him from his enemies, including Saul.

The ropes of death were wrapped around me;
the torrents of destruction terrified me.
The ropes of Sheol entangled me;
the snares of death confronted me.
I called to the Lord in my distress,
and I cried to my God for help.
From his temple he heard my voice,
and my cry to him reached his ears.

Then the earth shook and quaked;
the foundations of the mountains trembled;
they shook because he burned with anger.
Smoke rose from his nostrils,
and consuming fire came from his mouth;
coals were set ablaze by it.
He bent the heavens and came down,
total darkness beneath his feet.
He rode on a cherub and flew,
soaring on the wings of the wind.
He made darkness his hiding place,
dark storm clouds his canopy around him.
From the radiance of his presence,
his clouds swept onward with hail and blazing coals.
The Lord thundered from heaven;
the Most High made his voice heard.
He shot his arrows and scattered them;
he hurled lightning bolts and routed them.
The depths of the sea became visible,
the foundations of the world were exposed,
at your rebuke, Lord,
at the blast of the breath of your nostrils.

He reached down from on high
and took hold of me;
he pulled me out of deep water.
He rescued me from my powerful enemy
and from those who hated me,
for they were too strong for me.
They confronted me in the day of my calamity,
but the Lord was my support.
He brought me out to a spacious place;
he rescued me because he delighted in me.

Psalm 18:4-19

TUMULTUOUS CLOUDS, STORMS AND HOPE

Sometimes, God doesn’t rescue us out of our tumultuous clouds and storms. Instead, He strengthens us and goes with us through them. We may struggle deeply with illness, loss, spoiled relationships, chaotic circumstances and more, but not without hope.

For you have been a stronghold for the poor person,
a stronghold for the needy in his distress,
a refuge from storms and a shade from heat.
When the breath of the violent
is like a storm against a wall,
like heat in a dry land,
you will subdue the uproar of barbarians.
As the shade of a cloud cools the heat of the day,
so he will silence the song of the violent.

Isaiah 25:4-5

One day our struggles here will end and our sure hope will become a reality.

When he has swallowed up death once and for all,
the Lord God will wipe away the tears
from every face
and remove his people’s disgrace
from the whole earth,
for the Lord has spoken.

On that day it will be said,
“Look, this is our God;
we have waited for him, and he has saved us.
This is the Lord; we have waited for him.
Let’s rejoice and be glad in his salvation.”

Isaiah 25:8-9
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IN GOD WE PUT OUR HOPE

Whatever we are going through, there is always hope. In countless dark times in my life, I have never given up hope. God has provided comfort and strength through His Word and friends and through creative activity. When we share our stories with others, it helps them see they are not alone and may just lift their spirits.

As I was writing this post I was texting with my dear friend, Bettie Gilbert. She has a book that belonged to her grandmother. In it she found a folded up letter written by her great aunt over 70 years ago. The letter contains a poem that likens pain and suffering to storms. The poem suggests that if we can learn something from our pain, listen for God’s voice above the storm, then maybe we can empathize with others who are suffering. Maybe we can share the comfort we receive from God and bring light and hope to someone else.

What are your thoughts?

  • Are there times when God has rescued you from a difficult situation?
  • Is there a time when He didn’t take the problem away but helped you through it?
  • Have you been able to comfort someone with the comfort you have received?

Enjoy this beautiful reminder of Hope by Michael Card!

I’m linking up with: #InspireMeMonday

16 thoughts on “Tumultuous Clouds Darken, but Hope is Never Defeated

  1. Thank you for this inspirational message. Your words always inspire and encourage. Yes, God has rescued me many times. Also, there have been times when He didn’t take the problem away, but I learned great wisdom through the experience. Yes, I’ve been able to help others through difficult times because I have traveled a similar road, too. Have a blessed week! 🙂

    1. Thank you, Melissa! Your words have encouraged me today, too. Thank you for sharing your experiences of God rescuing sometimes and taking you through other times. We always learn when He takes us down the hard roads, and when we share, others are helped and blessed, too. Blessings to you! xo

  2. It’s so amazing to me how God weaves our lives together, bringing His comfort on the storms even through those weavings! I love your title that says Hope cannot be defeated. Sometimes it may feel that way to us, but He is our living hope, forever alive! Thank you for sharing this precious encouragement today, dear Gayl. Blessings and love!

    1. I totally agree with you, dear Bettie! God has woven our lives together in so many ways. I’m so glad we can pray for and encourage each other. Blessings, love and hugs to you! xoxo

  3. Gayl, I am so grateful that you are a ‘near-neighbor’ at a link up as the title rang so true for my state these days…I just had to read this post! I just came to a place an hour or so ago that I had lost my trust because I was trusting in people and ways rather than in God. This is a beautiful post for me with so much Scripture embedded within your poem and other words. Praising God for His wisdom.
    loving you, ~ linda

    1. Oh, Linda, I am so glad these scriptures and thoughts were encouraging to you! God knows just what we need, doesn’t He? Thank you so much for your encouraging words to me. Blessings love and hugs to you, dear sister! xo

  4. I’m so thankful Hope cannot be defeated, Gayl! I’m so thankful, “Through the darkest times Jesus, our Guide, shows the way back into the Light.” He is so faithful! ~Lisa, IMM #1

  5. Gayl, thank you for this awesome message. So wonderfully spoken. Yes, sometimes he rescues me from a situation, and sometimes not. I try to intentionally seek out a lesson, or message, and try to stop to hear his whispers during a tremulous season.
    Visiting today from IMM#2

    1. Thank you, Paula! Yes, stopping to listen when troubles come is sometimes a hard thing to do, but always rewarding in the end. I am thankful that sometimes He does rescue us. He loves us and He always will. Blessings and love!

  6. Your poem is so beautiful and powerful, Gayl. Love the way your organized this message around your poetic talent, David’s expressions in the Psalms and how hope never dies because God Almighty is our stronghold and tower where we run and are safe.

  7. Psalm 18: 1-3 has been a song I sing since around 1985 – I started praying it, singing it – and He heard my drawing near. It was then I learned I did not have to weather the storms alone and unprotected! In your beautiful poem, you wrote how He takes us back to the light – I am so glad He does! Beautiful encouragement, Gayl! ~ Maryleigh

    1. Psalm 18 is a great psalm! Yes, He always brings us back into the light. Thank you, Maryleigh. I’m so glad you were encouraged. Blessings to you!

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