Originally Posted: October 19, 2012
I just arrived home from the best trip ever! My best friend and I traveled to New York City to visit graduate schools. I fell in love with the city, the culture, the schools and the people. Needless to say, I did not want to leave!!!
Yesterday was our last day in The City. It was dark, very cold and rainy, and the sun was no where to be found. Christin and I arrived at the airport, went through security and sat by our gate. I stared out of the window and immediately thought, “There is absolutely no way this plane will be able to take off”. I just couldn’t understand how a plane would be able to take off in what looked like a bad storm. To my surprise, and right on time, our boarding group was called to board the plane. As the plane began to align with the runway, I was still doubting our ability to depart. Sure enough, the plane raced down the runway and lifted into the dark clouds.
As we ascended higher, God began to show me something amazing. The sun began to shine, and there was no trace of any storm clouds. The higher we went, the more the sun shined and the more beautiful the journey became. I was amazed. How could something that seemed so dreary turn into something so incredibly beautiful?
Isaiah 40:28-31 came to mind: “Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and His understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles, they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not faint.
Eagles soar ABOVE storm clouds. They actually use the winds of the clouds to help them ascend. So many people say that they’re going THROUGH a storm. My God tells me that if I put my hope in Him, I can soar like an eagle, ABOVE the storm!
So whatever your “storm cloud” is, keep your eyes focused on Jesus and allow those dreary clouds to lift you closer to Him.
Side note: Jesus has a sense of humor because the flight that ended up being delayed for three hours was my flight from the 83 degree, clear skies of Houston.