Clouds will vary in terms of type, form and color. The colors of the clouds would depend on the weather condition. When the weather is fair, it appears cottony with a flat base and distinct outlines, and colors range from white to light gray. If there is a persistent rain the color would be dark gray. This is a nimbostratus cloud, featureless layers of clouds, thick enough to block out the sun. “He covers the heavens with clouds; he prepares rain for the earth; he makes grass grow on the hills” (Psalm 147:8).
But once again we might be wondering if how
are clouds formed? Let’s go back to the basic scientific process on clouds
formation. Evaporation occurs on the surface of a liquid as it changes into the gas
phase below the temperature at which it boils; in particular, the process by
which liquid water enters the atmosphere as water vapor.Then, Condensation is the process where water
vapor turns to liquid. Condensation generally occurs in the atmosphere when warm air raises
cools and loses its capacity to hold water vapor. As a result, excess water
vapor condenses to form cloud droplets.“The clouds
poured out water; the skies gave forth thunder; your arrows flashed on every
side” (Psalm 77:17).
One evening, I have a vision coming from
the spirit of God. It is all about the “clouds of life”. Our lives can be
compared to the clouds in the sky. As we can imagine the clouds looks frail and
weak. However, it performs the greatest role in this world. Because without
these clouds what will happen to the earth we are dwelling in? Definitely, in
the long run we will surely die of starvation.
“Which the skies pour down and drop on mankind abundantly” (Job 36: 28).
The clouds though weak it
has the greatest duty to provide rain for plants and animals survival. The
water is one of the factors for plant growth and development. The plant is the
source of food for both human and animals. Somehow in this life, our spirits
becomes feeble because of trials that we encounter. Thus, drive us to
hopelessness, like the clouds we also play an important role in this life. God
uses our flaws so that we will be useful according to His purpose. Therefore,
my friend, move and be fruitful like the clouds in the sky. “In the light of a king’s face there is life, and his favor
is like the clouds that bring the spring rain” (Proverbs 16:15).
As someone said, “the Bible contains the mind of God, the state of man, the way of salvation, the doom of sinners and the happiness of believers.” It is the source of inspiration and teachings. The Bible is the perfect book, which lead us to Jesus. It is considered to be the best-selling among books due to its terrific and awe-inspiring thoughts. “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12).
Moreover, the Scripture, has the power to enhance our interests, lightens our path in life and inculcates moral values into our minds. God’s word creates a heart-warming spirit deep within us. The Bible reveals God’s laws and teachings. “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17). He is speaking directly to us through different scriptural principles. Every section of this book contains the proficient truth and the concrete reality of life. “Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them” (John 7:38).
Unfortunately, many of us questioned the originality and even the diversity of this book. However this is not worth questioning for, because the writers of the Bible were inspired by the Holy Spirit. “For the word of the Lord is right and true; he is faithful in all he does” (Psalm 33:4). Even though many revisions and versions were made and it has been translated into various languages all over the world, it’s amazing to know that the thoughts and contents remain through time. And this is the fact: God united His people through the Holy Bible, though we have so many differences, but through His Word we all become one. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1).
Indeed, may God’s wisdom dwells deep within us and let it prosper. In this slippery world we stumble every now and then. We should thirst and hunger after Godly wisdom. Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4). Let us be a blessing to others by sharing God’s Word-The Bible.
We all wanted to look young and healthy in anyways possible. This should be our goal in life. The following are some tips on how to be a healthier and a younger you:
1. Have a daily contact with God through prayer.
Prayer is an open line to heaven. It is free of charge; the only thing we need is our strong faith. We need to have some time for reflection. A daily contact with God through an earnest prayer eases our burdens in life. We can ask anything in prayer and meditation and this is the assurance that every prayer will be answered in God’s own way and proper timing: “I tell you, you can pray for anything and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours” (Mark 11:24). A prayerful life creates in us a joyful spirit beyond compare.
2. Know your purpose in life
Knowing our purpose is like finding a treasure in a barren land. We are all honed perfectly for a mission. “As we seek His will He will work out His plan through us” (Philippians 2:13). It is not the goal we wanted to reach it is rather, God’s divine will for each one of us. Knowing our purpose will make our life complete and worth living for. Make sure my friend that you do not fail to discover God’s plan for you.
3. Always think positive
Be an optimist. Always believe that something wonderful will happen in your life. A positive thinker is not easily stressed in whatever situations and circumstances in life. Wear a smile wherever you are and avoid disgusting feelings. The way we think affects our emotional and physical well-being. Be joyful and appreciate the things around you including your talents and abilities. Joyce Meyer said, “Positive, thankful thoughts don’t happen by accident; you can choose to practice them. And remember, practice makes perfect.”
4. Find ways to help the poor and needy
Let us not wait for another Christmas to be generous. Let us try to do it every day in our own little way. “No one has ever become poor by giving,” Anne Frank quipped. We can share our time, talents and resources to others unrestrictedly. We can be generous not only with money but also in kind like joining some charitable institutions as volunteers. Spending our time with others is our greatest investment for eternity. There is no limit in helping the poor and needy in this world.
5. Eat nutritious food and healthy drinks
Healthy food is the best remedy for good health and to look younger without any beauty regimen. The kind of food we eat determines our health. Eat real food such as fruits and vegetables. Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food” (Genesis 1:29). Include in your diet the legumes like chickpeas, beans, lentils and add a few nuts every day. Don’t forget to incorporate the grains, such as brown and pigmented rice, whole wheat, and oats. Drink plenty of water and fresh juices for body cleansing. And most of all avoid alcohol, cigarettes and drugs.
6. Have a daily Journal
Writing down your emotions in a journal can help relieve stress. We can write down our answered prayers, favor received and other blessings for the day. Life here on earth is challenging, inspiring, worth remembering and most of all worth sharing for. In this life’s journey, we encountered banter of experiences, different individuals and distinct events and places. Maya Angelou said it well: “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” Having a daily journal will help you recapitulates the past events in your life.
7. Have enough sleep and exercise
Enough sleep allows your body to restore itself. Enzymes are replenished and energy is renewed. Having rested well strengthens your body immune system and protects your body from any harmful diseases. Those who have slept seven to eight hours a day are most likely to live longer and healthier. Exercise on the other hand, hastens digestion, boosts the immune system, reduces stress and anxiety, sharpens the memory and combats depression.
8. Take a short trip
To avoid vagueness and boredom in life, try to visit new places like waterfalls, oceans, lakes, forest and stunning gardens. Enjoy the sunrise and capture the amazing sunset. Meet people and get to know their cultures and try appreciating it. Travelling once in a while will help fight emotional and physical stress. “He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside still waters” (Psalm 23:2). A short trip to discover the beauty of God’s creation is enough to unravel different pressures in this life.
Share your blessings, think positive, eat healthy food, sleep well and do some exercise, explore God’s creation, have time for reflection, express your feelings through a journal, know your purpose and live life to the fullest. Let us invest not with a massive wealth, but with good health and good habits in order to look young and healthy all the time.