Dark, Dreary, and…Deliberate?
Greetings, NCU community! As the season goes on, I thought that it was time that I shed a little light on the weeks of overcast we have been experiencing. Take a deep breath, read, and enjoy!
Eyes droop when they gaze upon a gray sky. Suddenly eight hours of sleep is not enough to sustain a productive day. We begin to grow weary of the absence of unmitigated light. We long for the day that we can physically absorb the heat it emits. Although those days of light hold promises of utter enjoyment, perhaps Oregon’s dreary days hold promises of their own, maybe even holy promises.
The sheet of cloud that covers Eugene signifies the many times that God used clouds and storms to command his people in the Bible. Not only did he command with clouds, he also used them to show his power and communicate his majesty. These clouds that we would usually consider mundane are full of God-given purpose. Let’s consider some scripture.
The Clouds as: A symbol for God’s Power.
Nahum 1:3~ “The Lord is slow to anger and great in power, and the Lord will by no means clear the guilty. His way is in whirlwind and storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet.”
Nahum is the book of “Comfort” or “Consolidation” (translated), and accounts for God’s reprimanding of Nineveh as they turned back to sin. This verse is saying that the power that surges through a storm is the power of God, and it’s not an “angry power” that we are so used to, rather it’s his justice. What a thought it is to have that the clouds above us are what God left behind his path. He graced the skies above our heads and we probably didn’t even notice.
The Clouds as: His communication of commands
Numbers 9:16-18~ “So it was always: the cloud covered it by day and the appearance of fire by night. And whenever the cloud lifted from over the tent, after that the people of Israel set out, and in the place where the cloud settled down, there the people of Israel camped. At the command of the Lord the people of Israel set out, and at the command of the Lord they camped. As long as the cloud rested over the tabernacle, they remained in camp.”
God used clouds to tell the people of Israel where to go and where to stay. Just as he spoke and commanded Moses through the burning bush, God showed him when to enter the tabernacle through the revelation of cloud. It is not just coincidence when we see the beautiful “fiery” colors of the sunset reflect through the clouds, that is God reminding us that he commands through the clouds.
The Clouds as: A claim of His majesty
Job 37:15-17~ “Do you know how God lays his command upon them and causes the lightning of his cloud to shine? Do you know the balancings of the clouds, the wonderous works of him who is perfect in knowledge, you whose garments are hot when the earth is still because of the south wind? Can you, like him, spread out the skies, hard as a cast metal mirror? Teach us what we shall say to him; we cannot draw up our case because of darkness.”
Have you ever thought of the clouds as a balancing act? That little bit of sun that peaks through the curiously shaped clouds is intentional. Sort-of like smoke signals, He sends light through the gaps of the thick clouds. And when there isn’t light coming through, the clouds are a giant mirror like the sky reflecting his wonderous works.
Matthew 24:30~ “Then will appear in heaven the sign of the Son of Man, and then all the tribes of earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.”
There is so much promise and hope in the rolling clouds of heaven. They hold the kingdom, and on them sit the throne of God and his son. What a day it will be when we see our Christ coming again to earth descending on his perfect cloud to deal with creation justly.
Our God is a God of revelation. Ever since he tore the veil, he has been constant in giving revelations that individuals are responsive to. His character is complex beyond our comprehension; however, he chooses to show us the gist of all that he is through his creation. Recognizing this just might take a deep breath and a little searching.
So, as you start to become exhausted with the constant clouds over our heads, try to stop and remember all that God uses them for. Perhaps taking a moment to look up to the sky and observe his mirror of wonderous works and the dust beneath his feet can change the way the overcast plagues your day. Then, we might just take hold of the holy promises that cloudy days hold and shine like the lightning of his clouds.