And it came to pass at the seventh time, that he said, Behold, there ariseth a little cloud out of the sea, like a man's hand. (1 Kings 18:44a)

Our God is the God of the unexpected, wouldn’t you say? When you read the stories of the Bible, you can see how often God does the exact opposite of what we think He should. He uses the weak to bring down the strong, sometimes literally, like in the story of David and Goliath! He puts the last, first. He takes ashes and makes them beautiful.

The other day as I was reacquainted with one of the stories of Elijah, I was struck by this again. There had been a drought for three years and many prayers for rain. God told Elijah if he presented himself to the king, the rain would come. Elijah did what was asked, then sent his servant to check to see if God had answered their prayers by sending a cloud. We usually see clouds as either literal or metaphorical symbols of sadness or hardship. Rarely do we go looking for them! But this time, the entire nation was waiting for those clouds, looking to the blessing they believed was inside.

Remember that although it may sound clich├ęd, it takes both sunshine and rain to make the covenant rainbow. Don’t be afraid to look for clouds, because God wouldn’t make one that wasn’t lined with a silver blessing.

Dear God of the cloud and the rainbow, please be with me today in both the rain and the sun. Let me feel your presence and see your hand at work. Show me the little cloud of provision that I know is there. Thank you for your love. Amen.


Glynis Becker is a writer living in Rapid City, South Dakota. She works full-time as the administrative coordinator at her church, as well as being a wife and a mother of two teenagers. She writes inspirational fiction and devotions, as well as co-writes screenplays. Her first co-written film, Sinking Sand, will be distributed in early 2017.