Some days I read Stream in the Desert by Mrs. Cowman for a devotional insight. One morning this week the verse was from Exodus 20:21. "Moses drew near unto the thick darkness where God was" That was a slightly scary thought to me. We have had a year of clouds at our house; illness, surgery, recovery, high schoolers, 6 year olds and some in between, extended family issues on both sides.
Here is a quote from Streams : "Do not be afraid to enter the cloud that is settling down on your life. God is in it." That is truly where I want to be, with God. But I really would rather meet Him on a sunny hillside somewhere near the Jordan, (and if he provided bread and fish I wouldn't complain either.) But I guess our nature is to sometimes shun the sun, so He takes us to a cloud and we follow because we don't have anywhere else to turn.
I woke up this week and my mind was racing through all the things I needed to get done for the day, week, year. And then God graciously stopped me, and brought my attention to Him. There had been a pretty crazy storm in the early morning hours and He showed me how to praise Him for that. Then he began directing my mind to other praise worthy things, things I normally wouldn't have praised Him for because I would have only seen a cloudy patch. But looking for God in the cloud made me thankful, and more at peace, because God was there. And Praise God, He always will be.
thanks for reading,