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Psalm 89:11 – The heavens are yours, and the earth is yours; everything in the world is yours. (NLT)
In the early morning, I went outside to get the newspaper that had been thrown across the driveway. It was a perfect summer day. The dew was sparkling on the lawn that my husband had freshly mowed the afternoon before. The crepe myrtle bushes were showing off their deep purple blooms.
Around the hummingbird feeder were a couple of those tiny birds with the long beaks that are so much fun to watch. A streak of brilliant blue flew past my face. I turned around to see papa bluebird flying into the bluebird house.
When I looked up to the heavens, there was not a cloud in the sky. "Thank you, Jesus," I found myself praying as I picked up the paper and headed back into the house.
Driving back from the grocery store later in the day, I noticed that the sky was dotted with clouds. Getting out of my car, I continued to gaze at those clouds "messing" up my beautiful view.
This is often the way our day begins. So clear. So clean. And then before long, it gets "messed" up with the frustrations of a job, raising a family, and maybe just living.
Sometimes, clouds turn into thunder and lightning, and become turbulent storms. Also, sometimes, the problems of the day become turbulent, and we feel like our lives have been turned upside down in a few hours' time.
But today's Scripture says that God owns it all. He still controls the storms of the air. In the same way, He also controls the storms of our lives.
Prayer: We bless You, O God, that You own it all. We praise You, Jesus, that You move the clouds of darkness right out of our lives when we turn to You for answers. Thank You that we are once again clean, clear, and forgiven. Amen.