I was walking along on a bright, sunny day,
When all of the sudden a cloud came that way.
It blocked out the sun and its light then did fade,
But instead of departing, the cloud just there stayed.
And soon it was joined by another, and then
Soon all of the sky was by clouds quickly dimmed.
The sun was still shining, it hadn’t lost light,
But clouds made the sky seem like dark, stormy night.
And then came the thunder, the lightning, the rain;
A storm had come into my life once again.
For a moment the darkness and storms had control
As its violence troubled my heart and my soul.
But then it subsided and then moved away;
Again the sun shone in the bright, cloudless day.
I pondered that day many times in my mind,
And two lessons I learned from that brief span of time.
One sin, like that cloud, darkens my walk with God,
And soon cloudy shadows have covered life’s sod.
If I let them stay, soon the storms will arise,
For God has to deal with those sins in His eyes.
And when the storm’s o’er and I’ve confessed my sin,
The light of His presence once more enters in.
I learned, too, a storm is God’s great loving way
To help me appreciate the bright sunny day.
He sends storms some times not because I did wrong,
But so I’ll be cheered by the birds’ happy song
When the storm has departed and all’s fresh and clean,
And I am refreshed by His peace so serene.
I must thank You, Lord, for the cloud when it comes
To darken the sky as it covers the sun,
For I know it’s still shining beyond cloudy skies,
And when the storm’s over, the sun will arise.
And I must tell You, Lord, when that cloud is a sin
That blocks Your sweet face and Your Son shining in.
I’m sorry, forgive me, and help me today
To walk in Your sunshine and Your righteous way.
Yes, I am so thankful that I have allowed
These lessons to teach me from one simple cloud.
Copyright © Clarence Billheimer | Year Posted 2017