Changing Clouds

by Joanna Pierce on December 05, 2018

I am a chronic allergy sufferer and dust my home as often as possible to keep the dust particles down. While in my office dusting, a ray of sun peaked through the drawn curtains and shed light into the air-activity around my effort. Dust particles—and who knows what else—invaded the air all around me. My immediate thought: I’m breathing this right now…

No matter my efforts to strategically vacuum before I dust, allowing the particles to settle, and then using a damp dust rag to catch the dust on every surface in my home, I’m still breathing it in and sneezing all over the place.

Ironically, I stumbled across an article the next day which changed my life. It talked about our exposome—a cloud of microbes that surrounds us everywhere we go (kind of like the dust particles in my home). It’s made up of millions, billions, and trillions of bacteria, yeast cells, and cell parts. As I read, my ick-level factor started to rise.

Apparently, our exposome cloud changes continually based on what we eat, where we live, who we live with (furry and non-furry family members alike), and oh-by-the-by, our genes! It’s as unique from one person to the next. And, then I read the next truth: allergy flare ups can be caused by changes in this exposome—which isn’t influenced by any amount of dusting I, or anyone else, can do.

Who knew we all walked around with our own personal weather-system, caused by what we do and who we are? Biologically and environmentally, who we are sets the tone for the life we have. But, this also impacts us spiritually. Can I see a parallel about nasty exposome particles to Scripture? Absolutely.

And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2:1–6, KJV).

Scripture tells us that when we walk according to the prince of this world—the devil—we walk in sin and disobedience. Essentially, we grab Satan’s own exposome microbes in the air and add it to our own. All that gunk and filth he emits into the air is what we start to breath and think about.

Then, it starts affecting how we live! Satan’s exposome microbes start dominating our own and we begin acting by fulfilling fleshly and worldly desires. This is the same thing that happens when my own exposome affects my allergies. A change in my own “environment cloud” causes an action—I sneeze! It’s almost unavoidable unless I start making some changes.

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them (Ephesians 2:10, KJV).

Because our physical exposome cloud is influenced by where we go and who we’re with, our spiritual exposome is influenced, or changed, by the same things! When I start to read the Word, fast, pray, and spend time with Godly people in and out of church, those things affect my spiritual “cloud.” The more my cloud changes, the more it starts to affect what I think, say, and do every day.

I’ve got a long road ahead to changing my biological exposome, especially when a part of that plan includes me moving to the beach (where I know there aren’t any allergens). But, my—and your—spiritual exposome can change today. Let the light of the Holy Ghost shine into your light and expose what’s floating in the air around you. You’ll see what’s there, but now you know how to change that cloud.