Cloud of Grace
Overshadowed by the Most High
New Year’s Eve Sunset
“…The power of the Highest shall overshadow thee… Luke 1:35
A cloud in its literal form of vapor mass will often cover a large area of the sky in our view. A cloud in the figurative form of trouble will at some point overshadow our lives.
26 And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, 27 To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. 28 And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. 29 And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. 30 And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. 31 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus. 32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: 33 And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. 34 Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? 35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. Luke 1:26-35
Mary, the Mother of Jesus
In the first chapter of Luke, we see a young woman whose world was changing beyond her control. Though she was chosen for the honorable assignment to carry and to bear the Christ-child as a virgin, the culture in which she lived only provided reproach for her situation. While bearing this reproach, I imagine a “Cloud of Grace” overshadowed her wherever she went and with whomever she was with.
You and Me
Mary was favored by God “among” women, not “above” women. She was one of us – an imperfect woman who believed God and who desired to do whatever God desired for her to do with her life. She had fears and troubles just like we do.
The Most High God
In our troubles and in our respective stations in life, may we be overshadowed with His grace to endure the difficulties, enveloped in His faithful love, and strengthened by His mighty power.
And I said, This is my infirmity: but I will remember the years of the right hand of the most High. Psalm 77;10