Get Your Head in the Clouds

Get Your Head in the Clouds

Welcome to day eight of our 21 Days of Prayer and Reading. Today’s devotional was written by Tracy Ahart. This is one of the 1,000 ways she contributes to Lake Hills, and we love her dearly. Check out her thoughts:

Last week, I spent some time in my hometown of Cleveland, OH.  For those of you who don’t know, Cleveland isn’t known for it’s sunny skies like Florida.  Actually, about eight months out of the year it’s cloudy, gray, and cold…Ok…maybe not EIGHT months, but it feels that way when you’re living there! I was home for almost two weeks, and I didn’t see the sun on single day!  Before boarding the plane home, I snapped a picture to post to social media (because if you don’t post it, it didn’t’ happen). In the post, I commented about hating the constant gray of Cleveland, but I love the people there and how I hated leaving them. 

Soon the plane took off and we were flying up over the thick layer of clouds that hovered over my hometown.  And as I saw the sun for the first time in weeks, I felt the Holy Spirit say, “Come up.  Come up above the chaos.  Come up above the noise.  Come and see things from My perspective.”  God does not see things the same way we do. In Isaiah 55:9, He says, “For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.” (NLT) We see things from this one angle, but He sees above, below, He sees the past. He sees the present and the future all while knowing the tiniest of details in each. He knows not only what we want, but what we need in every circumstance.  We don’t have to understand the place  we’re in.  We don’t have to trust in a job, a relationship, or anything else.  We can trust Him.  And because of our relationship with Him, we can ascend to where He is and He will give us His peace.  He will show us the things we couldn’t see from ground level.

The crazy thing was, the sun was always shining over Cleveland.  It hadn’t gone anywhere.  It was just hidden by a thick layer of clouds.  It took a plane to get me to see it.  Prayer is like that.  It’s the vehicle we use to take us up above the mess, and gain a new perspective.  When we fail to pray, we’re stuck seeing nothing, only what’s right in front of us.  We must pray in order to gain His perspective, His insight, and His plans for our lives. 

Romans 12:12  “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.”