As I boarded the plane from Houston to home last month it was dreary and gloomy. The skies were adding to my sadness as I left the city where my Sunshine Sara resides. I spent my birthday week with my daughter and it was jam-packed with the non-stop fun and fabulous food for five days. We explored Galveston, the beauty of the beach and the excitement of eating at Bubba Gump’s. We attended the Houston Rodeo and all the excitement that a rodeo offers right along with eating our very first Pickle Dog. Are you saying, “What’s a Pickle Dog?” Google it and don’t knock it until you’ve tried it! We even ate at a restaurant whose head chef won a cooking reality show recently.
All these wonderful memories flood my mind as the plane’s window become covered in raindrops as it taxied on the runway. While I was sad to leave my daughter I began to look forward to returning home. I closed my eyes, cleared my mind and prepared for the flight home. I was so glad that I was able to get a window seat because I learned something that spoke loud and clear. As the plane went higher and higher, the skies became brighter and brighter. When we made it above those dark depressing clouds, it was sunshine and blue skies and, of course, no rain! I began thinking of the ‘clouds’ in my life and I realized that if I just rise above them and move forward, I will be much better able to serve my God. So the topsides of the clouds were fluffy and white, but the underside was dull and gray. Then, before I knew it, I was singing “Both Sides Now” written by Joni Mitchell in 1969. Yes, I’m one of those strange people who sing out lyrics unabashedly. Thankfully, no one was seated too close to me!
But now they only block the sun,
They rain and snow on everyone;
So many things I would have done,
But clouds in my way.
I’ve looked at clouds from both sides now,
From up and down and still somehow;
It’s cloud’s illusions I recall –
I really don’t know clouds at all.
I guess the point that I’m trying to make is to look up! Look past the darkness that seems so close. Look past the clouds in your life. Look up! As we continue to remember what Easter is all about, look at what our Christ endured on the cross. Look up! See Him in His glory! Look up! We will rise as well! See the miracle and live for the day when you meet Him in the clouds.
The Lord’s Coming (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)
“Brothers and sisters, we want you to know about those Christians who have died so you will into be sad, as others who have no hope. We believe that Jesus died and that He rose again. So, because of Him, God will raise with Jesus those who have died. What we tell you now is the Lord’s own message. We who are living when the Lord comes again will not go before those who have already died. The Lord himself will come down from heaven with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. And those who have died believing in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive will be gathered up with them to meet the Lord in the air. And we will be with the Lord forever. So encourage each other with these words.”