the clouds

May 28, 2009

this post has been a brewin’ since we went to Florida in April and saw a lightning storm from the plane on the way home.  It was…..well, see for yourself. It’s only 1:33 long.

We felt like that wasn’t ours to see.  Man wasn’t made for the heavens, he was made for the earth.  Nahum says that the clouds are the dust of God’s feet, that even where he walks is above us.  And there’s Psalm 104 that says, “You are clothed with splendor and majesty, covering yourself with light as with a garment, stretching out the heavens like a tent. He lays the beams of his chambers on the waters;he makes the clouds his chariot.  Here, God is wrapped in light, but on the clouds.

Yet earlier in 2 Samuel 22, David says that he called on the Lord and he showed up and among other things, “He made darkness around him his canopy, thick clouds, a gathering of water.”  So God is surrounded by the cloud, obscuring our view of him.  It’s same in Psalm 97 with “Clouds and thick darkness are all around him; righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne.”  It reminds me of the early part of Independence Day when the space ships are coming through the atmosphere and the clouds are all in fire and you can’t see what’s going on behind it.

God is both in the clouds and rides upon the clouds.  There is so much we don’t understand, but can still be in awe of as God declares himself in these heavens and this earth.  Here are some other examples of this from our trip.

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