What Do the Clouds Teach Us?
"What Do the Clouds Teach Us?"
Scripture gives us many illustrations using the word "cloud" and "water" to reveal spiritual truths paralleling the natural with the Kingdom of God. If we limit our understanding of these Scriptures to clouds in the sky, or bodies of natural water on the earth, we hinder the ability we have of understanding that we are the clouds referred to in Scripture, and the water is the living Word of God in us today.
To begin, let's explore some basic scientific wisdom about clouds:
Clouds are water. As you probably know, we can find water in three forms: liquid, solid and gas. Water as a gas is called water vapor. Clouds form when water vapor turns back into liquid water droplets. That is called condensation. It happens in one of two ways: when the air cools enough, or when enough water vapor is added to the air. May be you have seen the first process happen on a summer day as drops of water gather on the outside of a glass of ice tea or soda. That's because the cold glass cools the air near it, causing the water vapor in the air to condense into liquid.
However, unlike the drops on the side of your glass, the droplets of water in a cloud are so small that it takes about one million of them to form a single raindrop. Most clouds are formed in this manner. The cooling comes not from ice in the glass, but as the air rises and cools high in the sky. Each tiny cloud droplet is light enough to float in the air, just as a little cloud floats out from your breath on a cold day.
All this cooling rising reminds me that it is the joy of the Lord which is my strength in the midst of trials and tribulations.
Did you know that air has to be just a little bit dirty for clouds to form? This is because water vapor needs a surface on which to condense. Fortunately, even the cleanest air has some microscopic particles of dust, smoke or salt for water droplets to cling to, so the air is rarely too clean for clouds to form.
I find it interesting that Scripture tells us that "salt" is good, and that everyone is salted with fire for God is a consuming fire. (Mark 9).
Clouds form when moisture rises up, cools, and changes to water or ice. But what makes the moisture rise into the sky? It can happen three ways:
Sunshine: the heat of the sun can cause the air to rise, taking water vapor with it high into the sky.
A Front: a cold front will bring cold air under warm air, forcing it to rise; a warm front will force warm moist air up over the cold air.
Mountains: When winds blow against mountains, the moist air is forced upward.
This reminds me of crossroads in our life that force us to make a change. The intensity of heat will force you to make a decision or it will destroy you. If it is a physical issue then the heat will destroy it, if it is a spiritual issue then the Spirit of God will cause you to rise higher to seek out His peace that surpasses our understanding.
A cold front reminds me of being in a religious bondage of works to obtain justice. It is a do or don't, right or wrong, using Scripture to justify. There is no unconditional love, mercy, and grace of God. This time, when the warmth of TRUTH comes into our presence, we rise above the legalist ways of religion.
Mountains are trials and tribulations that force us to choose a different direction. Jesus showed us there is a mount of Transfiguration available to us today if we seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness.
Water is what makes life possible on Earth. It also accounts for most of the changes of the weather as it goes from a gas (water vapor or "humidity"), a liquid (ordinary water we drink and swim in), and/or a solid (ice.) The changes of water among these states make up the water cycle.
A "cycle" is like a circle with no beginning or ending. There may be change in form, but it can never be created or destroyed. Jesus is the Alpha and Omega! He is beginning and the end. Mankind is His body which was created by God, and every cell of "water" is necessary for the completion of Christ. This is why Scripture tells us that Jesus died for the sins of the World. He goes after all of His sheep. He doesn't just settle for the 99 that believe, or else He wouldn't have a bride that is spotless without blemish.
Earth's water is always in movement. The water cycle, also known as the hydrologic cycle, describes the continuous movement of water on, above, and below the surface of the Earth. Since the water cycle is truly a "cycle," there is no beginning or end. Water can change states among liquid, vapor, and ice at various places in the water cycle, with these processes happening in the blink of an eye and over millions of years.
Scripture tells us in Romans 8:38-39, "For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."
The word "Earth" in Scripture often refers to the natural body, so much of what is talked about with water can be used towards our body's chemical make up.
Although the balance of water on Earth remains fairly constant over time, individual water molecules, or cells of the body, can come and go in a hurry. The water in the apple you ate yesterday may have fallen as rain half-way around the world last year or could have been used 100 million years ago by Mama Dinosaur to give her baby a bath.
Scripture emphasizes that there is power behind our words which can create life or death. When we speak, micro size water drops are carried with our words. Spiritually, there is power to cause hindrance to someone else or edify their life. Naturally, if we are carrying a disease in our bodies, we may have the ability to infect someone else if it can be carried with the molecules of our breath.
Looking at water, you might think that it is the simplest thing. Pure water is colorless, odorless, and tasteless. But it's not at all simple or plain, and it is vital for all life on Earth. Where there is water there is life, but where water is scarce, life has to struggle to survive. It is called the "universal solvent" because it dissolves more substances than any other liquid. This means that wherever water goes, either through the ground or through our bodies, it takes along valuable chemicals, minerals, and nutrients. If it is pure it has a neutral pH of 7, which is neither acidic nor basic.
All of creation has a check and balance system that God created. The Book of Genesis shows us a beginning with chapter one. Revelation shows us an end that takes us back to the beginning. God created the heavens and the earth, the light and the dark, but He called it ALL good. He rested on the 7th day. The number seven shows us that through out all the positive and negatives of creation, that there is His peace that surpasses all understanding and has been created before time for His glory.
Water has a very high surface tension. It has the ability to be sticky and elastic. Sometimes it tends to clump together in drops rather than spread out in a thin film. Surface tension is responsible for what is known as capillary action. This allows water (and its dissolved substances) to move through the roots of plants and through the tiny blood vessels in our bodies.
Capillary action is very important in our life. This action allows for moving water (and all of the things that are dissolved in it) into the spaces of a porous material due to the forces of adhesion, cohesion, and surface tension. It occurs because water is sticky. Water molecules stick to each other and to other substances, such as glass, cloth, organic tissues, and soil.
If we apply this scientific information to understanding water as the Word of God, we can see the marvelous wonder of our Heavenly Father's love. By using us as a vessel for the water/Word of God to flow through, we allow the Holy Spirit to cling to where ever Life is needed. It is the responsibility of the Holy Spirit to draw all men unto the Father.
Specific conductance is a measure of the ability of water to conduct an electrical current. It is highly dependent on the amount of dissolved solids (such as salt) in the water. Pure water, such as distilled water, will have a very low specific conductance, and sea water will have a high specific conductance. Rainwater often dissolves airborne gasses and airborne dust while it is in the air, and thus often has a higher specific conductance than distilled water. Specific conductance is an important water-quality measurement because it gives a good idea of the amount of dissolved material in the water.
This information tells us that we need to be seasoned with "salt" having the flavor of the character and nature of God so that His Light energy which brings forth Life will be manifested. Rainwater comes from clouds. Scripture tells us that we are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses (Hebrews 12:1). These clouds are still water, just as we are on the Earth. Together we make up the body of Christ with Jesus as the Head.
A simple school experiment can illustrate this understanding. Hook up a battery to a light bulb and run two wires from the battery into a beaker of water. If the wires are put into a beaker of distilled water, the light will not light. But, the bulb does light up when the beaker contains salt water (saline). In the saline water, the salt has dissolved, releasing free electrons, and the water will conduct an electrical current.
Another characteristic of water is turbidity. This is the amount of particulate matter that is suspended in water. Turbidity measures the scattering effect that suspended solids have on light: the higher the intensity of scattered light, the higher the turbidity. Turbidity makes the water cloudy or opaque. Light energy (the power of the Word) has more reflection of many colors when it is measured through water (vessels) that are being challenged with trials and tribulations versus the vessel that has no life issues to confront.
The main difference between water, when it is a solid, liquid, or gas is the average speed of the molecules that make up the substance. Molecules are, on the average, moving fastest in a gas such as water vapor, slower in the liquid phase, and slowest in the solid phase, such as water ice.
Abraham saw this wisdom when God spoke to him about the star, dust, and sand numbered as his inheritance from God. This is also the same connection with the Temple of God having three courts: the outer, middle, and inner. Each court is a part of the House of God, but separate in the identity of Life understanding. Even though it takes all three courts for the fullness of the House, each court is unique with their relationship with God.
To see how water changes among its phases, let's begin by imagining you could not only see the molecules of water in a glass of water and the air above it, but also measure their speeds. You would see these molecules of water moving at a wide range of different speeds. Some would be going slow enough to join with a few other molecules to begin forming a crystal of ice. At the same time, the surrounding, faster-moving molecules would hit the slow moving ones, sending them on their ways. You would also see some molecules zipping along fast enough to fly into the air above the glass. These molecules would have evaporated to become water vapor. At the same time that all of this is happening, you would also see some water vapor molecules in the air above the glass going slower than most of the molecules of water, nitrogen, oxygen and other gasses in the air. When one of these hits the water
in the glass it stays there. These water vapor molecules have condensed into liquid water.
If the glass is cool, the average speed of the water molecules in it slows down. When the temperature falls below 32 degrees F (0 Celsius), more and more water molecules are going slow enough to lock together into ice crystals. When heat is applied to the glass the average speed of the water molecules in it will speed up. More and more of them evaporate into the air as water vapor.
If you cool the air above the glass, the average speed of its molecules slows down and more and more of them are going slow enough to condense into the glass of water. That is the basics of evaporation and condensation. You can see that condensation has nothing to do with cooler air "holding" less water vapor than warmer air.
Energy is neither created nor destroyed. It takes on different forms depending on different circumstances. God is eternal. He can not be created or destroyed. Time is an element of different circumstances that His identity will be revealed in accordance to what the Holy Spirit teaches, but He is ALL and in all.
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men." (John 1:1-4)
"And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters." (Genesis 1:2)