"To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified." Isaiah 61:3

Oh Foggy Day

“Then the Lord appeared at the tent in a pillar of cloud, and the cloud stood over the entrance to the tent.” – Deuteronomy 31:15

 Many times in the bible the Lord appeared in a cloud. (1 Kings 8:12)  We know that our natural eyes could never look upon the face of God, so perhaps this is the reason He appeared in such forms to speak to His people.  He appeared in all types of natural phenomenon.

“There the angel of the LORD appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up.” – Exodus 3:2

It’s amazing the ways God will appear to His people to get their attention.  I don’t particularly love foggy days; however, I’ve learned over time to try and see the beauty in everything.

There really is, “something,” about a foggy day.  It is so humble and understated in it’s appearance; it gives us precious rest and in a way it speaks to us saying, “Slow down, be still.”

The birds still sing among the dark cobalt skies like a choir of angels, causing light to pierce through the dark.  The contrast of a stream of sun peeking through gray clouds is one of the most beautiful sights in my opinion.  Perhaps God uses foggy days, to slow us down and cause us to rest, or hear Him.  A foggy day isn’t something we all wish for, but there is a beauty in it all the same.  It’s whimsical in its own right, and powerful in the way it dominates the day.   The Lord has a purpose in the foggy days, just as the sunny ones.  It can cause us to hope for more, and look forward to the brighter days.  To rest in the things we take for granted.

Sometimes we find ourselves beneath illiteral dark clouds.  Those are the ones we know God is always near.  He is near the brokenhearted. (Psalm 34:18) There is no where you can go that He won’t find you.  No matter how crazy the storm, or how dark things may seem.

“I will be like a shepherd looking for his scattered flock. I will find my sheep and rescue them from all the places where they were scattered on that dark and cloudy day.” – Ezekiel 34:12

There’s an old Gospel song taken from Psalm 30:5 called, “Joy, Joy.”

“Behind every dark cloud, 
there’s a silver lining. 
And after each rain storm, 
there’s a bright new star.”

“God is with you in every season of life.  Even in the darkest of clouds; and the harshest of storms.”   – Amanda Batten



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