Devotional: Clouds

“He covers the heavens with clouds, provides rain for the earth, and makes the grass grow in mountain pastures.” (Psalm 147:7-8
NLT)

The weather was beautiful for a recent retreat in the North Georgia Mountains. During a time of silence and solitude, I stretched out on a picnic table bench and took time to observe the white, fluffy, cumulus clouds against an azure blue sky. As the wind blew the clouds, they appeared to be like ocean waves crashing on the shore with one difference. Waves ebb and flow. These clouds kept moving across the sky to my right. For a few minutes, these clouds seemed to move into the space of another set of clouds. It was then I realized that “my clouds” were not going to bump or crash into the other clouds because the two sets of clouds were on different planes. One set was below the other set. The sky contained enough room for both sets of clouds to be active on different planes.

My moments observing clouds reminded me of a popular song, “Both Sides Now,” written by Joni Mitchell in 1969: “So many things I would have done, but clouds got in my way… I’ve looked at clouds from both sides now From up and down and still somehow It’s cloud’s illusions I recall I really don’t know clouds at all…”

One of the Psalmists wrote:
“Sing out your thanks to the Lord; sing praises to our God with a harp. He
covers the heavens with clouds, provides rain for the earth, and makes the grass
grow in mountain pastures.”
(Psalm 147:7-8 NLT)

Let us pray: Thank You, God, for clouds…so many kinds of clouds. Thank you for clouds that get in our way, for clouds we do not understand, for the ways You guide us through the beauty of clouds and the uncertainties of clouds. Thank You for the falling rains and the blowing winds that cause the clouds to move in and out of our lives. Thank You for Your presence above the clouds and through the clouds we see. Thank You for things that grow because of clouds. Amen.