Story behind Above the Clouds

“It’s always cloudy in Rochester” — Rochester, NY, that is… where I’m from.

I used to dream of moving south to the cheery sunny states.  When I’d complain about the gloomy overcast skies, my dad would say, “well there’s always sunshine here… it’s just above the clouds.”

frontcoverforstef - Cropped and compressed - CopyOne of the many times I descended above the clouds in a plane set for Charleston, I got thinking about what Dad used to say to me.  At the time I was struggling to make friends in my new home, and I was yearning for God’s restoration in multiple areas of life. The Holy Spirit spoke to my heart the deeper truth of those words:

When I focus on the cloudy, rainy circumstances around me, all seems hopeless and dark. But when I focus on the hope found in the heavens, I see the light and soak it in.

The song also became a prayer that God would send people to shine His light around me… recognizing that as I soak in the light, I can be that for someone else as well.

The light of God’s Son is always there. “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:13).

(This is one of my favorite songs I’ve written… if not the favorite. Hoping to record this soon on my next CD!)

It’s always a sunny day above the clouds… It’s always a sunny day above the clouds

When all I see is rain, remind me in my pain that it’s always a sunny day above the clouds

 

All I know has gone away and the sky has turned to a deep dark gray

I need you to shine your light and say that you’re here to stay

 

It’s always a sunny day above the clouds… It’s always a sunny day above the clouds

When all I see is rain, remind me in my pain that it’s always a sunny day above the clouds

 

My feet are stuck on the ground as I wait for the sound of heaven coming down

‘Cause the only hope to be found is above all the clouds

 

It’s always a sunny day above the clouds… It’s always a sunny day above the clouds

When all I see is rain, remind me in my pain… When all I see is rain, Lord, remind me in my pain

When all I see is rain, shine your light so I can say that it is always a sunny day above the clouds

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