Clouds … Fog
Walking in fog…like walking in mist, translucent and close, yet not confining except for a visual confinement of sorts. A cloud near to or on the ground.
A cloud is defined as “a visible mass of liquid droplets or frozen crystals made of water or various chemicals suspended in the atmosphere above the surface of a planetary body.” Fog is defined as “a collection of liquid water droplets or ice crystals suspended in the air at or near the Earth’s surface. Fog can be considered a type of low-lying cloud, and is heavily influenced by nearby bodies of water, topography, wind conditions, and even human activities.”
“A low-lying cloud”…
Moses and the people of Israel knew a cloud that came down, a cloud that led them in the wilderness. Moses alone knew that from the cloud God spoke to him.
And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead them along the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, that they might travel by day and by night. Exodus 13:21
And the LORD said to Moses, “Behold, I am coming to you in a thick cloud, that the people may hear when I speak with you, and may also believe you forever.” …. Exodus 19:9
The glory of the LORD dwelt on Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it six days. And on the seventh day He called to Moses out of the midst of the cloud. Exodus 24:16
When Moses entered the tent, the pillar of cloud would descend and stand at the entrance of the tent, and the LORD would speak with Moses. Exodus 33:9
And when all the people saw the pillar of cloud standing at the entrance of the tent, all the people would rise up and worship, each at his tent door. Exodus 33:10
God spoke to Peter, James and John when they were on the mountain with Jesus.
And a cloud overshadowed them, and a voice came out of the cloud, “This is My beloved Son; listen to Him.” Mark 9:7
Jesus went to Heaven by a cloud and, one day, He will return for us on a cloud.
And when He had said these things, as they were looking on, He was lifted up, and a cloud took Him out of their sight. And while they were gazing into heaven as He went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw Him go into heaven.” Acts 1:9-11
And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. Luke 21:27
Behold, He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him, and all tribes of the earth will wail on account of Him. Even so. Amen. Revelation 1:7
These are but a few of the many verses in the Bible with the word “cloud.” But these particular verses also tell us of God. God came to Moses in a cloud. He spoke to Moses. He spoke to Peter, James and John when they were on the mountain with Jesus. God led the Israelites through the wilderness by “the pillar of cloud.” They walked in obedience to God for they knew God was in this cloud.
I can look upon fog and clouds through new eyes as I place these and many other verses together in my heart’s eye. God reveals Himself in so many ways to those who listen and watch for Him. I sense His nearness with God when enshrouded by the low-lying cloud, the fog. A cloud above me reminds me of His Presence.
Father, desiring to know You is my heart’s desire. I pray that as I stroll through a woods on a foggy day or look up into the sky to see the beautiful white puffs against a bright blue background, that I shall see You in my heart, feel You wrapped around me holding me closely. May I listen and know the words You speak to me whether it be through Your Word, actual words spoken, or through others who share Your Truth with me. I pray that I am available and obedient to Your call. May I know the “pillar of cloud” when You go before me leading me on Your chosen path. You are my God and I desire to know You…to know You in the ways that You come to me, to know Your character, to know Your Truth, Your Holiness. Whether by a cloud, a rainbow, Your voice, I want to know You. Guide me in every step, LORD. Thank You. I pray in the Name of Your Blessed Son. Amen.