the Holy Spirit...all dressed up in a cloud.

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"Then the cloud covered the Tabernacle, and the glory of the Lord filled the Tabernacle.
Moses could no longer enter the Tabernacle because the cloud had settled down over it, 
and the glory of the Lord filled it.

Now, whenever the cloud lifted from the Tabernacle, the people of Israel 
would set out on their journey, following it.
But if the cloud did not rise, they remained where they were until it lifted.
The cloud of the Lord hovered over the Tabernacle during the day, and at night fire glowed 
inside the cloud so the whole family of Israel could see it.
This continued throughout all their journeys."

Exodus 40:34-38

If you just skipped over reading that because it is a Bible verse, please, go back and read it.
I don't post scripture too much on here, (and not for any reason, I just don't a lot)
but I want you to read that verse very thoughtfully.
It is powerful, y'all.

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I took these pictures on my way home from a doctor's appointment recently.

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On the way home from this drive, I was living in great discouragement and fear and anxiety and well, you name it...
If it was not believing God, then I was hearing it.

Then Abigail started talking about the clouds.
She actually is the one who asked me to take a picture.
And once I did, I couldn't stop.
I even pulled over a few times to take these with my phone.
They were breathtaking to me.
Between a stormy morning and more predicted storms to come,
they were these beauty-packed fluffy works of art just floating there in the sky.
ALL around us, literally in every direction we could see.

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And then, in the midst of my stubborn agnst,
a peace settled over me.
a peace like the kind of peace where it feels like you can't move.
And I knew that the Lord's presence was thick with me in that car.

He used those clouds to remind me.
To show Himself.
It wasn't the cliche "Look at the clouds, God is so big!" kind of revelation.
It was the kind of revelation and reminder that
His Holy Spirit, MY COMFORTER, was with me.

And that wherever I am...He will be with me.
And I want to be with Him.
That He won't leave.

Just like the Holy Spirit, all dressed up in a cloud,
led the people of Israel in the scripture above.

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I come away from this moment, these pictures, with a fresh desire to look at the Holy Spirit around me
To TRUST Him, to know Him.

To see His Spirit moving and to see when it stops in a certain place in my heart.
Maybe a place I need to feel Him most, to be comforted by Him most, to be taught my Him most.

To know when I need to rest and when to move.
To know when to stop and when to go.
To know that I can ALWAYS believe Him.
To LET HIM BE the Comforter that He is.

Because I need it badly right now.
His comfort is my strength, and many days lately...I have been pretty weak.
So I need the comfort. I need the cloud.
I need His Spirit.

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"And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you.
He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth.
...I am leaving you with a gift - peace of mind and heart.
And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give.
So do not be troubled or afraid."
John 14:16, 27

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Look for His comfort today.
And it might even be worth taking a few pictures of, at least in your heart.
Find it. It WILL bring you strength.
And I believe it might bring you some needed Hope today too.
His Spirit is your advocate and peace in times of trouble and worry.
We need that peace.
I know I need some.
Bring it, Lord.
Holy Spirit, MOVE...and show us how to move with you.

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