Don’t we usually think of a “cloud” (5645) as a problem instead of a “favor” (7522)? That is not the case here. Clouds can represent the promise of rain and rain is what brings life to the seeds of spring.
Think of clouds here as the promise of relief. Elijah sent his servant out. He came back six times with nothing to report but frustration. Then...
(1 Kings 18:44 KJV) And it came to pass at the seventh time, that he said, Behold, there ariseth a little cloud out of the sea, like a man's hand. And he said, Go up, say unto Ahab, Prepare thy chariot, and get thee down, that the rain stop thee not.Part of the encouragement here is the reminder that God is in control and the understanding that He can work things out in ways beyond our imagination.
So? Got clouds? Roll up the windows. Take an umbrella. Look for the silver favor that might line it.