I wonder about the clouds. They glide across the sky so gracefully, slowly changing the light we see on the earth. They change shapes constantly. Their color sometimes is blue, gray, and white.
The Sun loves them.
Through the clouds, the rays can shine in their brilliance, reflecting off of rain drops, outlining them in blinding bright yellow. Though some days the sky is clear of clouds, and these days are no doubt lovely, the days that clouds are scattered in the sky are truly the sky’s most beautiful stage. The clouds display the glory of the Sun in the most beautiful way. The Sun brings out the most beautiful colors in the clouds, neon orange, pink, and purple.
It’s truly beautiful when you think about it, isn’t it? By itself, the Sun is remarkable and majestic. It is life-giving, and warms our Earth perfectly. We see its benefits daily. But the best way that we really see the Sun’s direct beauty on this earth is the way it shines through the clouds.
In this relationship, I see God and us in our weaknesses. Through our weakness, God shines all the more. Because of Christ, He shines through our weaknesses, displaying his might and splendor to everyone who sees.
When we hide behind our weakness, it is like the sky is full of clouds and God’s beauty is sometimes hard to see. Sometimes it takes that release, the emptying of the clouds, the release of a tight grip to see God and to feel His warmth. The rain pours and pours and it seems dreary at the time. But after the release, after the rain, God’s light shines all the more.
The most brilliant and beautiful skies and sunsets I have seen have been after rainy days. Clouds are still in the sky. The sky is not flawless. The clouds are not gone. They are there, waiting for the Sun to exalt them in their weakness.
The clouds know the brilliance of the Sun. They know its power and its control of this universe. They know that without the Sun making water evaporate into the atmosphere, they couldn’t exist.
I have seen God shine the brightest in people who have admitted their weakness in the middle of it all because in that weakness, we know that God truly is our life and our strength, and we only exist because of Him and we can only “go on” because of Him.
God knows every drop that makes up the clouds. He knows exactly where they came from. He knows that sometimes they connect with other weakness and cause us blindness.
At some point, though, he is there to remind us. He is there to redirect us. Sometimes it is through His Word. Sometimes it is through His Spirit. Sometimes it is through His people.
When your head is in the clouds, let the rain fall. Loosen your grip and let God’s glory reach to every crack and crevice. He is present in the doubt. He is present in the confusion. He is present in the fire. He is present in the change. He is present in the things that feel too big. He is present when we can’t seem to measure up. He is present, ready to bring redemption, ready to display His glory.
God doesn’t want a flawless sky. He wants you, weakness and all.
May we not get stuck in the clouds, friends. May we remember our Maker and Savior. May we see God’s glory, and may others see His glory in us.
He is the source of beauty and redemption. His redemption is never lacking. He is always enough.
“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge.”
-Psalm 19: 1-2
“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
-2 Corinthians 12-9-10