God’s Love Shines in Southern Utah

cloudsovercity8Today while I was taking Chuck to work I noticed the clouds over St. George were pretty low. I had full intentions of just taking him to work and then coming home and going back to bed. Today is my husbands birthday and I kinda overdid yesterday and wasn’t feeling good. I was glad I took him to work today because of the photo opportunity that God made available to me.

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Here I am in my car and decided to just drop him off so I had my jammies on. I wasn’t going to get out of the car anyhow, so what harm and they aren’t see through anyhow. But on the way to dropping him off I noticed lurking over the city was clouds. St. George, Utah is a city in the canyons of Southern Utah, so we do see clouds covering the city once in a great while. So out comes my camera and I pull over on Skyline Drive to take some pictures. Here I am, in all my glory taking pictures of the beauty and glory from God. I’m pretty sure God’s glory tops my glory by a long shot though, lol.

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As I stood there, I snapped pictures from all directions. When I came home, I loaded them into my computer and some spoke to me more than I would thing. You see, we all have times in our lives where it is like we are living under the clouds in a deep vast canyon. I know for myself it is that way. I have so many things going on in my life that I forget the rays of hope and the sunshine that comes through even on cloudy days.

Clouds for me has a way of showing me that even though they are present at times, they do move on and God’s light shines through. I have hope in knowing that God is always there for me on the darkest of days and when I don’t think the clouds and storms are ever going to end. Then He pulls a wonderful miracle and display of beauty and shines upon my life.

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Some people wonder about how I can think the way I do over a cloud that moves around in the sky. I guess I just see all the wonder and I know that those clouds, sun and yes the darkest night with the moon shining down are all gifts from God. God shines his rays of hope and love on all of us, even when we aren’t deserving of them. In St. George this morning, no matter who you are and what walk of life, the clouds, fog and sun-shined for all to enjoy and take part in.

This is the City of St. George. The St. George Mormon Temple is the building with the steeple in the middle of the town... But what a beautiful picture it made...
This is the City of St. George. The St. George Mormon Temple is the building with the steeple in the middle of the town… But what a beautiful picture it made…

This morning, even though I wasn’t feeling good, I feel blessed. I was glad that I got to take Chuck to work and was able to take in all that God has shown me on a 15 minute drive. No wonder I love road trips.

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Bradley and His Mom- RIP little man

One other little thought I had was about this family who just lost their son last night to cancer. My heart breaks for them, but I can see this sweet little boy named Bradley not having to weather any more storm clouds. He is basking in the Lords rays of sunshine and enjoying the peace that comes with knowing the Lord. I have hope and I KNOW that one day we all will enjoy the rays of sunshine and have no more storm clouds because that is what God says. For those who come across this, could you keep Bradley and his family in your prayers. They know Bradley is with God and having a good time, but they will miss him until they are reunited. Because of Bradley and children that go through illnesses such as cancer, it puts my life in perspective and they show what true faith and love is. These children are so strong and I admire the strength of the parents and that they put their trust in God during one of the worst storms of their lives.

Here is a video of one of my favorite hymns called “The Unclouded Day”Click here to watch it. Below is the lyrics to it. I wish we sang this song at church. When I hear this song I always think about how perfect Heaven will be. I have to say that I do hope there are clouds in heaven, just not the kind that brings bad things. And of course we are told that there will be no storm clouds. Yeah about that 🙂

Unclouded Day

Oh they tell me of a home far beyond the skies
Oh they tell me of a home far away
Oh they tell me of a home where no storm clouds rise
Oh, they tell me of an unclouded day

Oh the land of cloudless day
Oh the land of an unclouded sky
Oh they tell me of a home where no storm clouds rise
Oh they tell me of an unclouded day

Oh they tell me of a home where my friends have gone
Oh they tell me of that land far away
Where the tree of life in eternal bloom
Sheds its fragrance through the unclouded day

Oh they tell me of a King in His beauty there
And they tell me that mine eyes shall behold
Where He sits on the throne that is whiter than snow
In the city that is made of gold

Oh they tell me that He smiles on His children there
And His smile drives their sorrows all away
And they tell me that no tears ever come again
In that lovely land of unclouded day

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