“Above the Clouds”
The sky is full
Stormy black and threatening
Swollen with moisture, rain soon to come
Rays of glorious sunshine shining through patches of blue
Streaming downward in varied directions
Beams of sunlight
Touching the earth
Making a patchwork quilt upon the landscape
Sunshine and shadow
Light and darkness
Vibrant clarity versus muted colors, shades of gray
Soar above the clouds and shadows
The light is ever brilliant and aglow
The sun’s rays reach unheeded
Stretching outward to the horizon and the heavens above
Shining in glory
No clouds forbidding the sun’s radiance
The shadows and the darkness
Lay stretched out below
Like a dense carpet
The light of the glorious sun
Reflective and bouncing upward to the sky above
All rests in calm and quietness
Above the clouds!
And so, God’s grace shines on us all!
Amidst the shadows of everyday living
His light ever shines
Upon whatever looks dark and stormy
The hardships and challenges of life
The heartache and pain
Schedules and things to be done
In the face of worries and concerns
Distractions and demands
Even when loss and death come into our life
God is there!
Ever present in time of trouble
Comforting and consoling
Able to understand
The rays of His presence
Touch us in faithful love
God with us!
His light shining out of the darkness and gloom
Bringing clarity and purpose to our lives
Gracing us with His love and care
In the face of circumstances
Touching our lives
With His powerful Holy Spirit
Causing us to walk in the sunlight of His Word
Helping us to stand firm
Even when we feel overwhelmed
We are led into His Light
As we seek and draw near to Him
He leads us along pathways of His choosing
Causing us to follow Him
Dependent upon the Lord for every step we take
For His way is perfect
Leading to eternal life in Him!
Into His presence!
In the Light of His glory!
There to reside forevermore!
Above the clouds!
· Deuteronomy 33:26-27 – “There is no one like the God of Jeshurun, who rides on the heavens to help you and on the clouds in his majesty. The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.
· Psalm 46 All – God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. …. “Be still , and know that I am God;…” The Lord Almighty is with us;…
· Psalm 108:1-6 – …For great is your love, higher than the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies.
· Isaiah 42:16 – …I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth.
· Matthew 1:22-23 – … “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”—which means, “God with us.”
· John 1:1-5 – In the beginning was the Word,…In him was life, and that life was the light of men.
· II Corinthians 1:3-11 – Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, …who comforts us in all our troubles,…
· II Thessalonians 2:13-17 – Stand firm! …loved by the Lord…God chose you to be saved…He called you…So then…stand firm and hold to the teachings we passed on to you…May our Lord Jesus Christ…who loved us…encourage your hearts and strengthen you…
Written September 21, 2013 by Madeline Beber
For a friend in need of encouragement