Keeping Joy on Stage Despite The Surrounding Black Clouds

“You came near and stood at the foot of the mountain while it blazed with fire to the very heavens, with black clouds and deep darkness. Then the Lord spoke to you out of the fire. You heard the sound of words but saw no form; there was only a voice.” ~Deuteronomy 4:11-12

It is rejuvenating to know that there is a place that I can go to be refilled when I’m feeling bruised, weak and broken from the troubles life often lays at my table. I often feel like I’m standing at the foot of an enormous mountain. As feelings of intimidation sweep over me, God quickly gives me a tug and reminds me that I have everything I need to travel the distance over this mountain and any others awaiting me.

The still and small voice of God can reach distances and break barriers that no amount of stress or strain could ever withstand. It was Moses who the Lord spoke to at the foot of the mountain through the fire and black clouds. When we seek love and understanding from others, but instead are greeted with contempt, arrogance, and judgmental behavior, we can either retaliate and cloud our lives with more smoke and fire, or we can let our joy take center stage and choose to allow He who is in us rein over he who lives by the ways of this world. When we do allow God’s joy to take center stage, it usually isn’t long before He comes to our rescue, rewarding our trust and faithfulness in Him. Moses was rewarded on the mountain that day by receiving the highest set of laws ever written straight from the hand of God. We call these laws, The Ten Commandments.

Furthermore, another prophet by the name of Elijah, in 1 Kings 45 – 46, stood and watched as the sky grew black with clouds, the wind rose, and a heavy rain began to fall all in answer to his prayers. Immediately afterwards, the power of the Lord came on Elijah and allowed him to escape harms way.

So, you see, the black clouds of trouble, torment, and grief that come from being misunderstood and misjudged,sometimes choking us from their overbearing presence, are not a sign that we need to surrender or that there is something wrong with us. Instead, they are a sign that we need to persevere, because if we do, we will find ourselves surrounded instead by new found strength and a renewed sense of purpose. The view is much more breathtaking from above, so keep your spirits uplifted, and when the smoke clears, be thankful for what you have gained from the fire, sweat, and tears because it beats years lived in hast instead of living life in a better place!


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