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GRAY CLOUD FOLKS
4/1/2020 9:15:00 PM by: Leona Choy

YOU MAY HAVE GRAY CLOUD FOLKS IN YOUR SHELTER-IN-PLACE

OR YOU MAY BE ONE!

Do you remember the gray cloud that floated over the head of the cartoon character wherever he went? It was Al Capp's scraggly character Joe Btfsplk. No matter where he went, the bad luck cloud seemed to follow him.

The gray cloud brought bad luck not only to himself, but to others who came in contact with him. Any of us are in danger of becoming gray cloud people, if we don't keep our eyes focused on Jesus.

Another character in children's fiction is Eeyore in the Winnie-the-Pooh books by A.A. Milne. He is generally characterized as a pessimistic, gloomy, depressed, old gray stuffed donkey who is a friend of the title character, Winnie-the-Pooh. Gray cloud people are like Eeyore.

Particularly in the latter season of our lives we are vulnerable to depression and a pessimistic attitude. If we aren't careful, we can even become attached to that floating gray cloud. We actually become fond of it. It is as if the devil offered us a string to tie to our gray cloud like a balloon and we deliberately pull it along after us. We may find ourselves gradually taking a negative view of everything, and we'll become just like Eeyore. Even a pink ribbon on our tail will not be able to alter our attitude!

We start imagining the worst scenario. We invoke the proverbial “Murphy's Law,” an adage or epigram that is typically stated as: Anything that can go wrong will go wrong. Gray cloud folks maintain that if something bad can happen, it is bound to happen to them. If that is a part of our customary thought pattern, then it is a self-fulfilling attitude: The bad thing will happen!

Because older folks have lived more years, they have accumulated more things in their gray cloud. Their gray cloud may contain an entire storehouse of things that other people did to them for which they haven't forgiven them. The cloud becomes heavier with the years. 

Each time they go into their memory cloud and reexamine offenses against them, they reopen the wounds. They become as fresh and raw as the day they happened. Gray cloud folks become bitter against those who injured them. In fact, they may even have been fantasy offenses. Real or imagined, their mental and physical health is affected by those trips into their memory gray cloud. Certainly such dredging up affects their spiritual lives.

If we keep looking in the rear-view mirror of the past, it distorts our perspective. The gray cloud drops gray rain on us until we are all gray, like Eeyore. We torture ourselves with introspective questions: “Why did I make such poor decisions in the past? Why couldn't I have done better? I have so many regrets. My life is pointless.” If we keep inflating our balloon-like gray cloud with such dark thoughts, the gray cloud will become monstrous and completely obscure the sun. We won't be able to live in the present moment because of the cloud of leftovers from the past. And we will contaminate everyone else around us with our negative attitudes.

If we see a gray cloud starting to form above us, or if we ourselves are holding on to some gray cloud by a string the devil provided, let's cut the string and let it float off like a balloon.....

As it rises, God will dissipate it. We'll find that while we've been overshadowed by our gray cloud, all the while the Son has been shining above!


Comments

Mary Vento From Boynton Beach Florid At 4/2/2020 9:47:12 AM

Thank you so much for your daily devotions. I can't wait each day to read your next one. So blessed by you daily! Blessings, Mary

Reply by: Leona Choy

God bless you, Mary, for your encouragement. Ps. 5:12 You surround the righteous man (woman) with favor as with a shield. I pray for your protection in this crisis time.

Heiko From Netherlands At 4/2/2020 9:39:19 AM

Leona, I love you! Each day you encourage me and bless me with your writings reflecting the Love of Christ for us. Thank you so much for doing so. I forward them where I can, even Canada, my dearests friends here don't read English! Such a real pity. Keep on writing, God is using you mightily!

Reply by: Leona Choy

Dear Heiko, you are my very special cheerleader from the Netherlands! Thank you for sharing my encouragements with your other friends. Psalm 7:17 The Lord is pleased when you sing praises to Him whether with your voice or making melody in your heart which He hears just as well.

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