Thursday, April 12, 2012

Is Your Head in the Clouds?

Do you feel like you’re living “under a cloud” or that there is a “cloud hanging over you?” The idea of these ‘cloud’ idioms is darkness, confusion, fear and dread. I know there are people reading this who feel like they are living under a dark cloud covering that will never let up.

Do you remember the account of Jesus’ transfiguration? Peter’s reaction at seeing Jesus with Moses and Elija was to “do” something: "Let us make three tabernacles." But he had hardly got the words out of his mouth when he, James and John were overshadowed by a cloud, from which they heard the voice of God saying, "This is my Son... Listen to him!" (Matt. 17:5).  God told Peter it was not a time for doing; it was a time for listening.

While that was a uniquely “divine” cloud, I see an analogy. When you are in a cloud, God is with you, and will speak a word of encouragement. Though I can't tell you your cloud will be lifted, I can say the darkness will fade when you hear His voice. And you will have joy.  Think about this: Jesus ascended to heaven in a cloud, will return in a cloud, and will take us to heaven in a cloud (Acts 1:9; Luke 21:27: Rev. 11:12). Now that’s a cloud you want to get your head in.

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