Beautiful Clouds: Looking to the Sky for God’s Promises

In the Sunshine State, we have two seasons: One is unbearably hot and perpetually wet, and one is slightly less hot and generally less wet. Recently after enduring an especially painful gathering, stepping outside in the rain seemed more pleasant than the safe confines I had left. I was free. And God filled my trip home with sweet reminders.

First was the rainbow. Never had the bands seemed so clearly delineated and the colors so bright. No matter how many storms or hurricanes may come, God is forever faithful.

For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.—2 Corinthians 1:20

The rainbow was seemingly closer at every turn. And what was remarkable was that somehow the rainbow bullied its way through the clouds— the clouds that typically obscure the sun; the same clouds that dampen our spirits and threaten our plans.

But those clouds served as a reminder to me tonight that yet another one of God’s promises is still to be fulfilled.

Behold, He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him, and all tribes of the earth will wail on account of Him. Even so, amen.—Revelation 1:7

I took my final turn onto the road that leads home, and my rearview mirror reflected a huge orange orb that hung heavy in the sky behind me. The storm that had toppled trees and left many in darkness gave way to the most glorious sunset I had ever seen. And yet again I was reminded. Let there be light.

Night will no longer exist, and people will not need lamplight or sunlight, because the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign forever and ever.—Revelation 22:5

I will keep watching the beautiful clouds until my Lord comes. Come, Jesus!

2 thoughts on “Beautiful Clouds: Looking to the Sky for God’s Promises

  1. Cheri Henderson says:

    Dennis, I generally use ESV or HSCB. Occasionally I’ll use NIV, but only when I think it’s truer to the original meaning. Every blue moon I’ll use NKJV.