Wishing for a Cloud – Devotion 19

It seems odd to wish for a cloud.  Most wish for sunshine.  The sunshine is refreshing and full of vitamins to get you moving.  Sunshine helps plants to grow and generally helps to put a smile on our face.  It lifts our spirits and soothes our soul.  Everything seems a little better when the sun shines bright.  So why would anyone wish for a cloud?

I find myself sitting outside today soaking up the sunshine as I work.  It is a beautiful day that I am most grateful to enjoy.  I cannot complain, except that when the sun is shining directly on me, it is hot.  So here I am, wishing for a cloud.  I don’t need a big cloud, just a momentary break from the sun.  I gaze into the sky, eyes half open, trying to find when the next cloud might roll by.  I squint at the brightness but get excited at the prospect.  When it happens, that small cloud floating by, it brings a sweet breeze that fills my lungs and offers a brief but valuable reprieve.  I guess I am grateful for both, then.  I wouldn’t know how powerful and important the sun was with having days full of rays.  I also wouldn’t know the relief of a cloud either.

Today, I am simply grateful.  I am grateful for the day that God has given.  I am grateful for the sun, the clouds, and if he decides, any rain that may fall.  I am grateful for the beauty of the earth, the sun by day and the moon by night.  I am grateful.  May your day be filled with lots of sunshine…and a few small clouds.  May you find joy in the gratitude of this day.  May God smile on you with his rays.

Focus Scripture:

Psalm 121

I lift up my eyes to the hills—
from where will my help come?
My help comes from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot be moved;
he who keeps you will not slumber.
He who keeps Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord is your keeper;
the Lord is your shade at your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day,
nor the moon by night.

The Lord will keep you from all evil;
he will keep your life.
The Lord will keep
your going out and your coming in
from this time on and forevermore.

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