News From Terre Haute, Indiana

August 3, 2013

THE JOY LADY: It is there — in the clouds — the place where we meet God

Verna Davis
Special to the Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — If the weather predictors are correct (and, gee, aren’t they always?) we are in for some cloudy days. One guy on one channel says it’s going to be cloudy all day today. Another guy on another channel says it will be only partly cloudy tomorrow. Still another guy predicts five cloudy days in a row. Bottom line: it’s gonna be cloudy, folks. Clouds can have a pretty strange effect on us. They make us sleepy, lazy and sometimes outright depressed. If it’s cloudy for too long, some of us might even start to get grouchy about it. The rest of us might just want to go straight back to bed. In the Bible, clouds are not depressing at all. God led the people of Israel through the desert with a cloud. Jesus returned to heaven after His resurrection in a cloud. Jesus said when he comes again, he will be coming in a cloud. We’re told in 1 Thessalonians that we will rise and meet Jesus in the clouds. Then, there’s the time Jesus took Peter, James and John to a mountain, and while they were there, Jesus was transformed right before their eyes. His clothes became dazzlingly whiter than white, and Elijah and Moses appeared with Jesus. Then “a cloud appeared and enveloped them,” and they “were afraid as they entered the cloud” and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to Him.” Are you getting the connection? It’s right there. In the Scriptures. As plain as day. The voice of God, the leading of God, the presence of God, the place we meet God. It’s in the clouds. God is in the clouds! When things are going well, when we’re happy and content and feel safe and cozy, we don’t turn to God as often as we should. When things are sunny, we smile and feel confident in our own abilities to do things on our own. But when the clouds come, things are different. When life throws us a curve, when someone we love dies, when we are jobless, hopeless, helpless and spiritless, we feel like we are in the gloomiest, darkest, cloudiest of times. But it is there — in the clouds — where we meet God. He’s still leading and guiding and protecting. The thing is, we can’t “see” him in the clouds, and we need to walk solely by faith, listening and looking only for God. Who is with us in our clouds? What influences us when we’re in the clouds? Whose voice do we listen to in the middle of the clouds? Until we allow no other than Jesus and his voice in our clouds, it will only get darker and darker. We need to get to the place Peter, James and John came to after seeing Jesus and Elijah and Moses. Mark 9:8 says, “Suddenly, when they looked around, they no longer saw anyone with them except Jesus.” Wow! No one but Jesus. Bring on the clouds! Verna Davis, speaker and writer, maybe reached at vrdspeaks@yahoo.com.