Cloudy Overhead (Haiku Series #195)

Cat and Mouse

Clouds mask over joy

Morning sunrise hesitates—

Playing peek-a-boo

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Brilliant Transition

Escaping again

Stormy clouds migrate away—

Rainbow’s colors smile

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Big Show Coming

Clouds’ darkness building

Thunderstorms brewing tempest—

Restless night ahead

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Beth Moore Quote

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We want Christ to hurry and calm the storm.  He wants us to find Him in the midst of it first.

From Isaiah 41:10:  “Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be afraid, for I am your God; I will strengthen you; I will help you; I will uphold you with My victorious right hand.”

Beth Moore (born 1957) is an American Christian evangelist, author, and teacher.

Morning’s Disruption

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Cloudy, overcast sky

Hiding morning’s sunshine

Waiting with her reply

Nature’s latest headline

 

Forecast calling for rain

Arriving right on time

Watering farmers’ grain

Nature’s unchanging rhyme

 

Lightning crackling with fire

Sparking thunderous clouds

Hearing heavenly choir

Nature’s clamorous crowds

 

Peace returning to earth

Singing with calm voices

Anchoring at her berth

Nature’s sun rejoices

 

Disruption retreating

Clearing sky welcomed back

Sketching springtime’s greeting

Nature’s morning on track

  

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Looming Transition

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Transition covers landscape

For both nature and man

Blusterous day taking shape

Coming change to life’s plan

 

Barren trees swinging with joy

Wind’s steady, rhythmic beat

Nature’s energy deploys

Tearing up day’s game sheet

 

Remnants of tall grass bending

Nature’s tempo shifting

Clouds reveal storm descending

Sending man’s plans drifting

 

Birds scattering far away

Man ignores storm’s warning

Day’s contest declines to play

Clouding nature’s morning

 

Storms can never be delayed

Nature stays in control

Man’s delight begins to fade

Gazing through life’s porthole

 

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Monday Memories: Sailing Away

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Sometimes life’s waters become turbulent

God’s seaworthy vessel carries the day

His Word quiets the daily storms we face

With His Spirit, angels leading the way

 

Jesus has walked on the water we sail

Inspiring many to always believe

Encountering rough “Titanic” struggles

Our journey will overcome, the storm leaves

 

Sailing off course, we have a champion

Jesus fathoms, walking ahead of us

Father, Son, Holy Ghost . . . never alone

Following our Savior, in whom we trust

 

God’s faithfulness, sets a perfect heading

Sailing away, His true compass leading

 

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Charles Stanley Quote

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God knows we sometimes need to reach the end of our own resources before we will turn to Him.

From Psalm 107:28-29:  “Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and He brought them out from their distress; He made the storm be still, and the waves of the sea were hushed.”

Tempest Brewing

From Psalm 89:8-9:  “Lord God of hosts, who is as mighty as you, O LordYour faithfulness surrounds you.  You rule the raging of the sea; when its waves rise, you still them.”

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Approaching storms

Burdened with fear

Now darkness forms

Hope’s light unclear

 

Tempest brewing

Drowning with fright

Life’s undoing

Faith must invite

 

Our Prince of Peace

Seeing our plight

Renews life’s lease

Turns night to light

 

Lord’s mighty voice

Storm’s rage resigns

Angels rejoice

Peace rules divine

 

Heart’s calmness grows

Lord takes control

Dark chaos slows

Christ on patrol

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From Psalm 107:28-29:  “Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and He brought them out from their distress; He made the storm be still, and the waves of the sea were hushed.”

Here is a familiar hymn, “Eternal Father, Strong to Save.”  While I have used this hymn in the past, this shortened version features the true intensity of the “tempest brewing.”  We can always look to our Father’s strength to help us persevere.

Charles Stanley Quote

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Christ has not abandoned us in our storms, but instead is intimately involved, using them for our ultimate benefit.

From Matthew 14:22-24:  “Immediately He made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side, while He dismissed the crowds.  And after He had dismissed the crowds, He went up the mountain by Himself to pray.  When evening came, He was there alone, but by this time the boat, battered by the waves, was far from the land, for the wind was against them.”

Fear Not

From Matthew 14:22-24: “Immediately He made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side, while He dismissed the crowds. And after He had dismissed the crowds, He went up the mountain by Himself to pray. When evening came, He was there alone, but by this time the boat, battered by the waves, was far from the land, for the wind was against them.”

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Life’s storms intensify

Overcoming with fear

Facing each hostile sea

Darkness, nothing seems clear

 

Spiritual squalls come

Turning world upside down

Battered by strongest gales

Fearing each wave’s knockdown

 

Christ’s love intercedes

Praying hands, clay’s potter

Mountains to heavens

Walking on calm water

 

Jesus never leaves us

Storms quietly subside

His blessed protection

Lasting, sovereign guide

 

Fear not, faith’s spark ablaze

Christ’s true light boldly seeds

Following Son of God

Hope ripens from His deeds

 

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From Matthew 14:25-27:  “And early in the morning He came walking toward them on the sea.  But when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were terrified, saying, ‘It is a ghost!’  And they cried out in fear.  But immediately Jesus spoke to them and said, ‘Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.'”