I’ve loved storms and clouds since childhood. I think my curiosity and sense of adventure kicked in when storms came. Perhaps I still have some of that, but in the last twenty years or more they have become even more special to me.
During that time, I did some studies on the Bible about the children of Israel in the wilderness and how the LORD was with them by day in a pillar of cloud and by night in a pillar of fire. I studied about the Tabernacle and how the Shekinah Glory came down and filled it so powerfully with the Lord’s presence that even Moses could not enter it at first.
So now when storms come, they remind me of the LORD’s presence and bring me joy.
Following are some photos of clouds I’ve taken. The first five are from our recent trip. (Make sure your screen light is turned up to fully enjoy them.)
Then there are the clouds where you imagine you see some living being or other object.
What do you see?
Or who/what sees you? 😊
Then there are the beautiful sunsets. Clouds are necessary for this awesome display.
Try holding your hand over the clouds on each of the photos, and see how drastically that changes how it looks.
Can’t you just imagine a little bit of the glory of the Lord when you see cloud formations like this one?
I wonder if the disciples saw something like this (minus the electric wires, lol) when Jesus ascended into heaven.
After He had said this, they watched as He was taken up, and a cloud hid Him from their sight. They were looking intently 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.” Acts 1:9-11 BSB
And what about the reflections of clouds off of water? It’s like double the beauty!
Here are a few photos that I made into verse reminders.
“The glory of the LORD endures forever.”
Clouds have a way of reflecting the light of the sun which is glorious! Even when the entire sky is covered with clouds during the daytime, the sun is reflecting on the other side of them.
Wow! Just wow!
Nahum 1:3 NASB
“The LORD is slow to anger and great in power, And the LORD will by no means leave the guilty unpunished. In whirlwind and storm is His way, And clouds are the dust beneath His feet.“
Today I’m thankful for clouds.
I’m thankful that they remind me of God and His glory.
I’m thankful that He reflects light and color off of them.
I’m thankful for how that beautifies an otherwise dreary day.
I’m thankful for their role in beautiful sunsets.
And I’m thankful for those moments of using our imaginations and seeing shapes in the clouds.
What about you? Have you ever tried to find shapes in the clouds? Have you ever marveled at the beauty of a sunset or the glorious rays emitting from a cloud? Do clouds make you think about God and His glory? Do you have a favorite in the above pictures?
Most of the centered photos link to another post on this blog, from 2018 to 2020; (but apparently it only works online and not in the WordPress app.)
All photos mine