21 Responses to Drawing Hope From God In A Dark Cloud

  1. A beautiful comfort Kerryn! Thank you! I, too, never would have thought about God dwelling in a dark cloud!

    Sandy Platt

    • Thanks Sandy 🙂
      I’m glad to hear that it was a new thought for you too & praying it brings you comfort. God bless. LOTSoluv Kerryn

  2. Kerryn, this is beautiful, and it DID minister to me just where I am today!!!!! Tears (good ones.) We are SO close to relief and hope with our MCS house coming, but right now I feel in a dark cloud, wondering if something will go wrong with the house (and/or wondering how long it is going to take 🙂 ), suffering with physical symptoms, great fatigue, and TERRIBLE brain fog in town right now. Very grateful for our friends who are letting us stay with them, but it is so hard on my body because of town pollution. Anyway, I am sure the stress of building (although God has SO had His hand on this) combined with the worst brain fog I’ve ever had are part of my dark cloud. I can’t seem to “think” my way out of it like I sometimes can. BUT, to know that God is here with me–I mean I knew that, 🙂 but the verse brought it home in a better way–will help me so much navigate this difficult time. Thank you for sharing! Love, Christa

    • Thanks Christa 🙂

      I’m delighted to see you here! I got a little teary hearing that you were teary!! 😉 I’m truly grateful to God that it ministered to you my dear MCS friend.

      Sounds like you’re going through a time of real highs & lows currently. Praying your house will make a HUGE difference to your health eventually. We’re in the process of sorting out & culling our belongings to sell our house in the next few months, so I’m praying now for a safe house to go to that will suit our middle son & I & make us feel more healthy. So I “get” what you’re saying, though your symptoms are WAY worse than mine. Praying for you dear friend. God bless. LOTSoluv Kerryn

  3. An interesting verse Kerryn – not sure I’ve noticed it before either 😉
    Such a comfort knowing that God dwells in both the dark clouds we feel threatening above us, and also those fluffy white clouds too, even if we may not feel our need of Him so much then.
    Praying that spring and the warmer, brighter days, will infuse you with joy (and some energy) to face whatever lies ahead.
    Blessings,
    Fiona

    • Thanks Fiona 🙂

      It seems it was a new thought for a number of you, which I’m delighted about. God is good. I love how God reveals deeper truths when we need them. Love your further thoughts about it too.

      Yes, the warmer weather is helping me already. Can’t believe I’m in a t-shirt tonight!! However it will be cold again by Wednesday & will need to light our fire again….. crazy weather. Hope the weather changes don’t impact too much on you my friend. God bless. LOTSoluv Kerryn

  4. Wonderful devotion with powerful imagery. Thanks be to the God who meets us within our dark cloud.
    Blessings.

  5. Thanks to each of you for your sweet comments. I’m under a “dark cloud” of circumstances myself right now, but will reply to each of you soon. I’m soooo thankful that: “The Lord has said that he would dwell in a dark cloud” with us! God bless. LOTSoluv Kerryn

  6. Interesting verse Kerryn.

    I’m glad you’re at the beginning of spring there. May the Lord use the sunny days, warmer weather, flowers and leafing trees to help lift that dark cloud you’re under. And, in the meantime, bless you with the truth and sense of His presence.

    We’ve had an unusually mild fall here in the prairies of westerner Canada. The Lord also gave us a delightful surprise among some old pots full of weeds behind our deck. One and then a whole bunch of bright yellow pansies! (All our other flowers have frozen.) My hubby brought that pot in the other day and we’re enjoying them so much.

    The Lord’s here wanting to bless us, and there among the gum trees too. Let’s not miss these “sweet treats”!

    Luv ya,
    Beth

    • Thanks Beth 🙂

      Loved hearing about your bright yellow pansies that were a blessing from God to lift your spirits. LOVED your words: “The Lord’s here wanting to bless us, and there among the gum trees too. Let’s not miss these “sweet treats”!” Amen!!

      We have one of the hottest Octobers on record so far…. very unusual for Spring to be so hot. It heated up after I wrote this devotional. They’re even going to bring our fire ban dates forward! Sounds like you’re experiencing unusual weather patterns too & that it’s already cooling down in Canada. Time for soups & roasts again for you! Enjoy 🙂 LOTSoluv Kerryn

  7. Christa, my heart goes out to you with the symptoms you’re trying to cope with while waiting for this house. The brain fog sounds particularly distressing. What is an MCS house?

    I pray for some relief for you during this transition.

    Grace & peace,
    Beth

    • Beth, what beautiful comments for Christa! I know Christa can’t manage getting online very often, so I’ll answer for her.

      You asked “What is an MCS house?”
      It’s a house built with as many chemical free building products as possible, as Christa has severe MCS (multiple chemical sensitivities). (ie no carpets, lay tiles instead with cement rather than grout etc) It takes a lot of thought & sourcing of safe building products. My Dr is building an MCS medical clinic & it’s been challenging for her too. I’m sure Christa would appreciate our prayers, as they have lived in too many houses to count & Christa has been dangerously ill for a very long time. Thanks. Lotsoluv Kerryn

  8. Kerryn, I too feel blessed to read about how God dwells with us in the dark cloud or clouds of our life circumstances.
    Two thoughts jumped at me fast when I began to read your devotional.
    One was Psalm 139 and how the image of “there is nowhere you can go that I am not with you” came to mind. So, it follows He will be our companion in any dark cloud. Jesus faced many of those dark times and cried out to His Father.

    But then I thought of how clouds (in the natural) become dark. They are filling up with the condensation that will in time become so heavy that rain is released. God dwells with us but also brings release in His time.

    And if we are really observant when the clouds go from dark to “fluffy” ( the ones you were longing for ) and the day is sunny, too – we may just get a rainbow thrown in to remind us of God’s faithful relationship with us.

    • Thanks Lynn 🙂

      What beautiful thoughts have stemmed from this. LOVED reading through your further analogies. Run out of oomph to comment further, but you know how much I LOVE your comments, dear friend. God bless. LOTSoluv Kerryn

  9. Kerryn, sweet thoughts to ponder today.
    I’ve often thought of the cloud that went before the Israelites as the were being pursued by the Pharaoh being this fluffy while cloud too!. It’s funny the preconceived ideas we have. Yet God’s word us clear, He is ever before us, over us, behind us. Never leaving, even when we feel that there is a rain cloud showering down on us. Thank you for shining a bit of sonshine for us all!

    • Thanks Di 🙂

      It seems that most of us have the “fluffy white cloud” concept!! Funny really! Such a joy to know I’m not alone in that. God bless. LOTSoluv Kerryn

  10. Kerryn, as a matter of fact, I just made a large pot of hamburger soup today! It should last us several meals.

    Thanks for answering for Christa. I had no idea they had MCS houses. Please Lord, have it ready soon and give her grace and peace as she waits.

    I pray for the same for you, dear friend.

    • Beth, I’ve never heard of Canadian “Hamburger Soup”, so I looked up the recipe. It sounds delicious! Enjoy.

      Thanks for your prayers for Christa. MCS houses are not a standard thing, so it’s a matter of designing & building your own using whatever building materials & methods are best for your health. Not easy! My Dr is overseeing the construction of the new MCS health clinic that is being built near us!! It will be WONDERFUL to have a place with no/few chemicals, no cleaning chemicals, no chemicals on staff!! Heaven! However sourcing the materials is challenging, so the clinic still hasn’t started construction yet. Lotsoluv Kerryn

  11. Kerryn, about the hamburger soup. There are many variations to the recipe. This time I added some pureed summer squash I had in the freezer. It was delicious!

    A gardener friend of mine gives me some of her squash every fall and, if it’s something I don’t recognize I ask her what kind it is. She laughs and says it’s just something that grew on its own and she doesn’t really know. These veggies are usually good just in soup or stew. This year I have one that she thinks is partly spaghetti squash and partly zucchini. I’m looking forward to trying it out.

    God sure loves variety doesn’t he? It shows up all through creation.

    I hope you’re able to enjoy your spring.

    Love,
    Beth

    • Beth, the squash sounds like a yummy addition! Perfect when it’s free, home grown & nutritious! Enjoy 🙂 LOTSoluv Kerryn

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