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Above the Clouds

The sky became black with clouds and wind, and there was a heavy rain.  I Kings 18:45 NKJV

Photo courtesy of pixabay.An overnight storm left its overcast, gloomy skies, making my drive to the airport rainy and messy.

Upon arriving at the airport, I waited for an eternity trying to get through security. Missing my flight would be the icing on the cake for this “beautiful” day. The gloomy weather, coupled with my long wait, put me in an awful mood. I was still grumpy when I finally boarded the plane. The seat was by the window, and I could see the ground crew waving their orange cones as the plane was pushed from the gate.

After taxiing in the rain, the pilot finally announced we were next in line for takeoff. The engine’s thrust hurtled us down the runway and pushed me back into my seat. Since it amazes me how something so earthbound can take such a heavenly flight, I strained my neck to look out the window. I saw the dark clouds blanketing everything. Raindrops streamed across the window obscuring my view.

Then the plane broke through the clouds, and brilliant sunlight reflecting on the dazzling white clouds almost blinded me. These were the same clouds that looked menacing and depressing from below.

Life’s storms can roll in, bringing gloomy skies that surround us. From our earthbound perspective, hope seems lost. We become discouraged, depressed, and sometimes grumpy. But above the clouds awaits a fresh, bright outlook. The sun is shining.

My experience was a divine reminder. No matter how large my problems seem, no matter how insurmountable the task, no matter how bleak the future appears, I'm only seeing the bottom half of the clouds.

When Jesus said, “Lift up your eyes,” He was telling us to get a different perspective. He wants us to view things as He sees them and to trust Him with our cares and troubles. From His viewpoint, though the storms rage in your life, the sun is still shining. He is still in control, and the clouds will pass.

Learn to see things from God’s perspective: above the clouds where things look differently.

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Nate Stevens

As a “missionary kid” who grew up in a Christian home and church, Nate Stevens has enjoyed a 30-year banking career in a variety of leadership roles. He is the author of Matched 4 Marriage – Meant 4 Life and a contributing author of Divine Appointments, Christmas Moments, and Spoken Moments. He writes online devotionals for Christian Devotions, www.SingleMatters.com, www.ChooseNOW.org as well as articles for several other publications. Information about his books, devotionals, and articles is available at www.natestevens.net. He is available for speaking engagements at conferences, seminars, and Bible study groups for singles, young adults, young marrieds, and youth. Nate currently lives near Charlotte, North Carolina, is a newlywed to his beautiful wife Karen, and is an active dad with his two awesome kids, Melissa and Mitchell.