Clouds of Glory

This is the seventh in a series of nine photovotionals based on the photo prints
of mine which we have hanging on our walls in our home in Brandon, Florida.

The sun streaking its rays of light from behind clouds inspires thoughts of glory, of heaven, and of God. Such scenes are fleeting. I happened to see this scene from the back yard of our son Dan’s home in Florida. I ran for my camera for soon the sun’s rays would be gone. It was a case of racing the sun. I’m glad I won the race, so I could share the trophy of this photo!

On this side of heaven we only catch hints of the glory that someday will be for those of us who love the Lord and His appearing. Sometimes when I see the edges of clouds gilded in glorious light I think of my father who has gone to heaven and what he must be experiencing even now. I can almost hear him say, “I can’t wait until Clara, the kids, the grand kids and the great grand kids can see this!”

Sunbeams that aim downward toward the earth look like silvery slides to me, slides that angels sometimes slip down to meet with us humans occupied in the sandbox of day-to-day living. God’s angels have at times shared the glory of God and His heaven with us earthlings, wearing God’s glory as clothing. Talk about wearing a name brand! God’s glory of heaven has always been meant to spill over to earth.

We were created to enjoy the glory of God, His heaven, and His eternity, and nothing else will do. C.S. Lewis wrote of our desire for this “far off country” which makes us to some degree dissatisfied with where we now are. There is always the yearning for something more. We lament, even at a party or the streets of Disney World, “Is this all there is?”

And yet, strangely, we seem ready to settle for something less than that which God has for us. Lewis’ classic quote from The Weight of Glory says it well. It would seem that our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”

A sunbeam can remind us that there’s something more and that any dissatisfaction with our current situation can be replaced by an anticipation for what God has planned for us in His glorious eternity. The sunbeam can also remind us that God breaks through to us even now, when much of the landscape of our living may seem dark. We may not always be aware of His glorious presence, just as we can’t fully appreciate a sunbeam when we’re in the middle of it. This is where faith comes in, the confidence that God’s glorious presence is always with us!

But you, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high.” (Psalm 3:3)

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