Posted by: mikenicholsblog | August 27, 2009

above the clouds

Sunday, while flying to Georgia, I was drawn to an interesting perspective. Our plane lifted off under ugly clouds and rain. Eventually we moved above the clouds, to a place where the view was entirely different. Heading toward my destination, I was looking down on majestic white capped clouds. Most would admit that our lives tend to get bogged down with the cloudy days. But what is the view from above those clouds where our Creator lives. Do you think He cares that the rain comes and the clouds depress?  Of course!  And His purpose through those dreary days is to build our lives for His glory and our good.

Paul had a thorn in the flesh!  The clouds in his life must have produced some pretty dark views. But God’s view was: “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ (II Corinthians 12:9)  I believe the thorn was used by the Father.  Don’t you?

Moses lived on the backside of the desert. I picture lots of cloudy days.  Later in life he was … ”a very humble man, more humble than anyone else on the face of the earth.” (Numbers 12:3)  The view of the Father from above the clouds during those long years must have been perfectly clear.  I believe the Father knew what He was doing. Don’t you?

When Abraham was ready to slay Isaac, I can picture the ultimate cloud. From above the clouds, the Father knew what to do. (Genesis 22) The place of ultimate sacrifice was in God’s design.  I believe Abraham trusted the Father.  Don’t you?

Finally, from the topside of Peter’s denial, the Father was in control.  And knew that one day healing would come, and Peter would be used to change the world.  He saw, knew and cared about the clouds and the rain.  He has that same care for us.

Honestly, I would say we all have a personal story of how the Father has used some imposing clouds to redirect, sharpen and bless our lives.  Our stories can be of great help, but given the choice, we would prefer only sunny days for our tomorrows. Just as too much sun leaves us parched and burned, having only sunny days would cause us to depend on our ability to make life work. The view from above the clouds knows better.

Be encouraged that He is in control.  He will provide and can make crooked paths straight; then embrace your clouds and think of the view from above.

Romans 8:28
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

And remember … yeam_smaller


  1. While you were having bible study this morning, I thought I would have one using your blog. Thanks for the insight and perspective.


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