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A dark cloud of gloom seemed to hover over me as I was driving along the freeway. Busy praying for so many beloveds who were hurting, I didn’t pay much attention to my surroundings, other than to drive carefully. From cancer to flu to job loss to caregiving and eldercare problems to a myriad of other issues, my thoughts were weighing me down heavily.
As I kept praying and driving, I happened to look straight up and the sight took my breath away. Huge billowy clouds, bigger than the norm, and piled up like a bunch of pillows on a giant comforter of blue wafted before me. It was awesome and powerful in its intensity and immediately reminded me that God was there, He was in control, He will be returning soon in power and great glory! All of a sudden, all my concerns were put into proper perspective. Yes, they need prayer. Yes, they need to be dealt with. But we never have to deal with them alone. Our God is always there for us.
I wonder if this is what David was thinking about when he wrote in Psalm 121:
1 I lift up my eyes to the hills—
where does my help come from?
2 My help comes from the LORD,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
3 He will not let your foot slip—
he who watches over you will not slumber;
4 indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The LORD watches over you—
the LORD is your shade at your right hand;
6 the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.
7 The LORD will keep you from all harm—
he will watch over your life;
8 the LORD will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.