Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Behind the Clouds

Rain again! The rainiest summer I have ever known in NC! I guess that means no kayaking today. After a week of being out of town and no kayaking, that disturbs me. At least it gives my blister which developed from all the yard work at my folks a chance to heal. I probably couldn't hold a kayak paddle anyway.

Still, I am thanking God for the blister, for ONLY a blister. Yesterday I heard of three friends with pretty frightening symptoms or diseases. I would never have known based on their cheery notes, and carrying on as though all was well. So many burdens we carry that is hidden! The clouds can only hold so much moisture before the rain pours forth. I suspect the human soul is similar in how much struggle it can endure before it bursts in spasms of weeping.

How important it is to weigh every word carefully, to offer love and support whenever possible, and not to judge or condemn others for what we don't understand. You just never know what clouds of misery are growing heavy. And you also never know when a gentle kindness offered in the spirit of God might soften the impact of the storm, and might even help them see that behind the clouds, Heaven awaits.


So I say, “My splendor is gone and all that I had hoped from the Lord.” I remember my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness and the gall. I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me. Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord ’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. (Lamentations 3:18-23 NIV)

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  1. Boy, did I need to be reminded of Lamentations 3:23,. today. Thank you!

    1. It is one of my favorite verses Dixie! !