My wife is convinced that I suffer from a mild case of “Light Depravation Syndrome”. For those unfamiliar, this disorder causes a mood change in those who are deprived of natural light. It can be mild or it can be manifested as full-blown depression. The symptoms begin in late autumn and last through the winter season.

It is true, I love the sunshine. I remember the first time I recognized this problem was my first semester of college in Tennessee. I went for what seemed like a whole month without seeing the sun. Being from South Florida, that was a bit strange.

You might be wondering why I am thinking about these things in the middle of summer when sunshine has been abundant. It is because I read something in Oswald Chambers devotional guide, My Utmost For His Highest, that started me thinking about it. Chambers cited Revelation 1:7: “Behold, He is coming with clouds.” He went on to say:

“In the Bible clouds are always associated with God. Clouds are the sorrows, sufferings, or providential circumstances, within or without our personal lives, which actually seem to contradict the sovereignty of God. Yet it is through these very clouds that the Spirit of God is teaching us how to walk by faith. If there were never any clouds in our lives, we would have no faith. ‘The clouds are the dust of His feet’ (Nahum 1:3). They are a sign that God is there. What a revelation it is to know that sorrow, bereavement and suffering are actually the clouds that come along with God! God cannot come near us without clouds— He does not come in clear-shining brightness.”

What a contradiction to what we have so often been told and so desperately want to believe! We want everything to be perfect, painless and pretty all the time. If you don’t mind me continuing the alliteration, that produces puny and putrid believers.

God gives us the sunny days to enjoy, but it is while we walk with him in the clouds that we learn to know him and become useful in the Kingdom.


1 Response to “clouds”

  1. 1 Karen Rutherford
    August 10, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    Hi Pastor. As I read your blog today I was reminded that it was the cloud that led his people to deliverance from their enemy. The cloud also represents protection . It was in the cloud on Mt. Sinai where God spoke to his servant, Moses and instructed him as to what he was to do. What an awesome place to be . . . under the cloud of the All Mighty.

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