Clouds-Light-Job 37:21

The May 15 devotional that follows is from Streams in the Desert by Cowman.   It was read on Thursday, March 22, 2012 around 4 a.m.—from my hospital bed.  Struck by the relevant subject matter (clouds and light) while remembering our last evening perched on one of Big Bend National Park’s hilltops while photographing a gorgeous sunset just days before, the Job scripture reference and that morning’s devotional message were encouraging whispers of love and comfort from my Lord during a difficult time.  I’m sharing those moments now with you.

 “Men see not the bright light which is in the clouds.” (Job 37:21)

Much of the world’s beauty is due to clouds.  The unchanging blue of a beautiful, sunlit sky still does not compare to the glory of changing clouds.  And earth would become a wilderness if not for their ministry to us.

Human life has its clouds as well.  They provide us with shade, refresh us, and yet sometimes cover us with darkness of night.  But there is never a cloud without its bright light. God has told us, “I have set my rainbow in the clouds.” (Genesis 9:13) If only we could see clouds from above—in all their billowing glory, bathed in reflective light, and as majestic as the Alps—we would be amazed at their shining magnificence.

We see them only from below, so who will describe for us the bright light that bathes their summits, searches their valleys, and reflects from every peak of their expanse?  Doesn’t every drop of rain in them soak up health-giving qualities, which will later fall to earth?

O dear child of God!  If only you could see your sorrows and troubles from above instead of seeing them from earth.  If you would look down on them from where you are seated  “with Christ…in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 2:6), you would know the beauty of the rainbow of colors they reflect to the hosts of heaven.  You would also see the bright light of Christ’s face and would finally be content to see those clouds cast their deep shadows over the mountain slopes of your life.

Remember, clouds are always moving ahead of God’s cleansing wind.
I cannot know why suddenly the storm should rage so fiercely round me in its wrath;
But this I know—God watches all my path, and I can trust.
 
I may not draw aside the unseen veil that hides the unknown future from my sight,
Nor know if for me waits the dark or light; but I can trust.
 
I have no power to look across the tide, to see while here the land beyond the river;
But this I know—I will be God’s forever; so I can trust.
 
 

  “Men see not the bright light which is in the clouds.”  (Job 37:21)

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About corinthrose

Born again Christian, helpmate of 42 years, domestic engineer of two children, GRANDmother of six darlings, professional volunteer, fanatic photographer, and a wanna be writer. Occasionally, infatuated with family history, flower photography, and traveling with my hiking buddy.
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5 Responses to Clouds-Light-Job 37:21

  1. Gorgeous photos and perfect scripture for them! Good devotion. So glad to be past those hospital days.

  2. alwayzhis says:

    As always Cheryl, your photo images are beautiful. This post is special because the Scripture shows us the beautiful imagery of our precious and Most Holy Father and Savior!
    Blessings my friend!
    ~streim~

  3. Karen Jones says:

    What a wonderful writing to read this morning and I can’t even imagne the awe you were in at the time these beautiful pictures were taken. Thank you.

  4. “O dear child of God! If only you could see your sorrows and troubles from above instead of seeing them from earth. If you would look down on them from where you are seated “with Christ…in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 2:6), you would know the beauty of the rainbow of colors they reflect to the hosts of heaven. You would also see the bright light of Christ’s face and would finally be content to see those clouds cast their deep shadows over the mountain slopes of your life.”

    This text makes me remember the lyrics of a song by the German singer and songwriter, Reinard Mey: The refrain is:
    “Über den Wolken
    Muss die Freiheit wohl grenzenlos sein
    Alle Ängste, alle Sorgen
    Sagt man
    Blieben darunter verborgen
    Und dann
    Würde was uns groß und wichtig erscheint
    Plötzlich nichtig und klein”
    The translation would be:
    “Above the clouds
    Does the freedom has no limits
    All fears, all worries
    they say
    Remained hidden underneath
    and then
    What we were getting big and important appears
    Suddenly, void, and small.”

    You can watch and listen to the artist at:

  5. Nancy says:

    Finally took time to look into your past blogs. The heat index has made it an uncomfortable day out.” I can trust” that you can capture the beauty of the Clouds-Light

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