I have a fascination with clouds. Not with looking at them but being in them. I like looking at them gather on the mountains knowing that my car will be driving up those mountains and that I would at some point be driving through the middle of the clouds. When I get there I like to roll my window down and stick my hand out the window and feel what the clouds feel like. My younger son and I do this together sometimes. What we’ve found is that clouds are mist and that the water that collects on our hands comes from drops that are so fine that it’s difficult to feel when it’s hitting your hand but you can feel the moisture accumulating on your hand. I love that!
Over the weekend we had a storm that was approaching and on Saturday it was raining hard in the morning. The thought occurred to me that I should go to wipe down my car because it was filthy from the previous storm. And I heard the Lord say, go work out now and when you’re done it’ll still be raining and you can wipe down your car. So I did as He said. I worked out first. It was so humid, the moisture in the air was so thick it was crazy. The floors were sweating.
The rain stopped and I took a peek outside and it looked completely gray. I couldn’t see the mountains and when I looked down the street I just saw clouds. It was like mist hanging over the whole neighborhood.
So I went outside in my workout clothes with the intention of wiping down my car. I looked all around me and realized that I was standing in the midst of thick mist. It was low hanging clouds! I was so excited. I wiped down my car and got it all nice and clean. Then I stopped and noticed what was going on with me. It was harder to breathe in this mist. And I wondered if this is what it’s like when people have difficulty breathing in higher altitudes? I don’t know. All I knew is that it was harder for me to breathe in the middle of this mist. Then I heard the Lord say, You’re not meant to live in the clouds. You were meant to live here on this Earth in the present.
That was a big message. Because I know a lot of people, including myself, who sometimes live in a fantasy world of the what ifs, I wish, I hope and wouldn’t be great ifs world. We live there as an escape from the reality of this world and what we face on a daily basis. But the Lord did not intend for us to live in this fantasy world. He made us to live in the present world where we have the ability to make a difference in the lives of others, our communities, and our world by actively engaging in it fully. Not by dreaming about it or hoping for it to happen in the future. He has empowered us through the death of his son on the cross to go out and change the world. No more living with my head in the clouds.
James 2:24 You see that a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone. (NIV)