Keep Your Eyes on the Clouds

Keep Your Eyes on the Clouds

My husband and I were heading to Tennessee early this month to visit our daughter and her family for a short vacation. We have had lots of storms in southern Wisconsin, with floods in some areas and many downed trees in our town and surrounding areas.

The day we left home, more storms were forecast, but for the first few miles, the sky was clear and traveling was smooth. We did have a scare when we got some engine warnings on our dashboard and the car lost power and coasted until it stopped. After a few minutes on the side of the road, my husband started the car again and we kept going. We had many miles to go, and we wanted to get there safely. Neither one of us were talking about it much, but we were praying.

Then I noticed the sky was getting dark and cloudy. I thought of all the downed trees in recent weeks and wondered if our house would still be standing when we got back. Already a bit tense because of the car, I watched the sky and saw one cloud drop a bit to the west—not enough to be a tornado, but I was wondering about it anyway. Then I saw a sign down the road—a billboard. Across the top in block letters I read “R E L A X.”  Three trees, all equally tall, covered the lower part of the sign, but when we got past them, I read, “Your finances are in good hands.” We were past it before I could read the name of the bank.

Wasn’t God good to show me that sign?  I did relax, we arrived at my daughter’s house and had a very restful visit. We made it back home with no more car trouble and the house was still standing when we got here. It was one more sign—a literal one—of God’s love.

As we headed south, we sometimes had clouds in the sky and sometimes the sky was clear. Sometimes we had rain, but mostly we drove on dry pavement. I kept my eyes on the clouds, though, remembering Acts 1:9-11:  After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.  They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them.  “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.” NIV

I wonder what the clouds will look like when Jesus comes back. Will there be a towering, fluffy cloud floating aimlessly across the sky? Will it be like the blazing riot of colorful clouds at sunrise? Maybe there will be a cloud of golden radiance that welcomes us to Heaven and the joys to come.

Colossians 3:1-4 says: “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, [because Christ took our place on the cross] and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.” NIV

Isn’t that exciting? Considering national and world events, the sinful attitude of men and women in the world today, and the uncertainty of the future of our way of life, I don’t think it will be long until we see the Lord returning to catch us up with Him in the air. It will be quick, faster than it takes for your eye to twinkle, so we might not even realize what is happening until it is over and we are sitting at Jesus’ feet.

We need to be ready. We need to be watching and praying and keeping ourselves pure before the Lord. I don’t know about you, but I plan to keep my eyes on the clouds.

 

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Bettilu Davies About Bettilu Davies

Bettilu Davies is a wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She has authored six published books, first writing fiction for children and teens and recently branching into adult Christian fiction. She has taught piano since 1968 and enjoys reading, crocheting, knitting, paper art, and painting in oils, acrylics and water color.

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  1. Oh, my, Bettilu, how timely this message is! My daughter and her husband left NW Wisconsin this morning headed for Springfield, MO. It was raining hard here when they left (8:00 AM) and still raining here now. I’m praying them safe travels through the day, all the way. I just checked the weather in Springfield. It’s warm, partly sunny, and no sign of rain. in the forecast. God is good.

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  2. Bettilu Davies says:

    Today we are much in prayer for our other daughter, twin to the one we visited earlier this month. This daughter lives outside of Houston, where they are part of the wider influence of Hurricane Harvey. (Interesting that my brother’s middle name is Harvey–sort of keeps it in the family.) I would appreciate your prayers and those of anyone else for the safety of my daughter and her two children.

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  3. Just prayed! Also, just called my granddaughter in San Antonio. Houston is in the path though. Pray all will be safe. Like you, Bettilu, I have thought about what the clouds and sky will be like on ‘that day.’ Yes, it may happen in a wink, but I want to be ready.

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  4. Isn’t our God so amazing and creative that He finds ways to get His message to us wherever we are. By using the sign for you, He spoke to you with what was at that place at the time and you were able to hear from Him. The signs of the times are upon us and He will be returning soon!

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