What’s in a Cloud??

Well, the obvious answer is water… But I’m talking about in-depth, what’s in a cloud. It’s been dry here in SW Michigan and HOT! That’s not a complaint just a fact. When you spend so many months on the cold and cooler side you start to melt when temps get to the mid 80’s and that’s if the humidity isn’t very high.

I start to melt in higher than normal temps and it ain’t pretty!! After a nice hot week, I woke up this morning to a cool breeze. As I was walking around the farm checking out the garden, wondering

if I needed to water, I noticed the puffy white clouds and their beauty. I watched as the wind pushed the clouds across the sky slowly, creating a lovely breeze and panoramic view of the farm.

To which, I did my best to try to capture what I saw. Still working on my panoramic picture-taking skills, but pretty pleased with the way this one came out.

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This morning was a gift… I needed to take a few minutes in creation with my creator.  I don’t take lightly the responsibility of being a representative of Christ on this earth, therefore, I am slow to speak concerning the present state and situation of our country. However, this morning, I was looking to God for some clarity…”What is my role? Where do I fit in? How do I become part of the solution? How do I convey your (God’s) plan? How do I walk in peace? What do I show my children?” All of these questions have been rolling around in my head for weeks and when another tragedy hits the news I start the process all over again. I don’t want to walk around with blinders on and act like everything is ok. I struggle to have simple meaningless conversations, which I always have so that’s nothing new, without wanting to dialogue about our world. This isn’t the world I wanted my children to grow up in. How did I not see what was coming down the track? I have sat too comfortably for too long. America is great, but America is also lost and broken.

It is easy to watch the news and separate yourself from what is going on in areas and regions far from you. Don’t get me wrong, we feel the pain of those affected, we may even change our profile picture for a week or two to reflect our concerns for people touched by the recent tragedy and there is nothing wrong with that. We should mourn with those that mourn, but what’s next? What’s “my” responsibility?

As I lay all these questions before my gracious, holy, and sovereign God, he speaks this..

 Col. 3:12-17
12 Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.
13 Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.
14 Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony.
15 And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful. 
16 Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts.
17 And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father. 
This passage was written by the Apostle Paul to the church, but I believe this says a lot about the way we should conduct ourselves and how we should treat other people. What God was showing me this morning is that “I” need to live in peace even when the world around me looks like it has gone crazy.  That I need to show love one to another.  That’s to people who look and act different from me, as well as, people that are the same. What this shows me is that I am a representative of Jesus Christ on this earth and I need to act like it. Also, to go with a song and a word on my heart. With all the questions, I know where the answer is found. No matter what, I have been given a mandate that I must keep and follow at all costs. To stay true to my creator. Speak truth when asked, encourage those around me, and clothe myself in love.
 So, my question for you is.. “What is God asking you to do and be in this time?” Let’s be obedient to call, what ever is it.
Today I challenge you to look up into the heavens, see where God is leading you. What is He saying to you?
AND…
Remember, nothing is to hard for God…
“O Sovereign Lord! You made the heavens and earth by your strong hand and powerful arm. Nothing is too hard for you!” ~Jeremiah 32:17

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2 thoughts on “What’s in a Cloud??

  1. What an inspiration you are Becky. May his loved ones walk with him and abide in his love. Also love our neighbors and enemies as he has loved us. And above all “share his good news” That with him everything is possible. Love you dear girl. Aunt Nancy

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