Clarity in a cloud
Ever feel like you just gotta get out of the house? You have no idea where you will go or what you will do, but if you stay indoors much longer, you’re probably going to lose your mind…can you relate?
Well, that happened to me and the Mrs. on Monday evening this week. We just needed o-u-t, OUT.
Not wanting to waste money or gas, we ended up at a park next to a reservoir, not too far from home. She sat down in a pavilion to sketch, but I felt like strolling. I wandered down to a large wooden platform at the water’s edge. I found that I could sit on the platform and my dangling feet would hover just above the water. The sun’s rays were warm, the slight breeze was cool, and sound of city traffic was barely above the level of a quiet hum. That’s when I saw it.
Above the pavilion my wife was sitting under, I saw a large puffy cloud that loosely resembled a bowler hat. While the breeze at my level was light, you could tell the air at the cloud’s level was moving quickly. So I watched.
Admittedly, I do not give much thought to clouds – unless they’re going to drop some rain. And if I happen to think about clouds, I tend to imagine them making their trek across our sky as an unchanging blob, just a fluffy block of moisture.
But as I sat and watched, that’s not what I saw.
What I saw was a mass that was constantly changing shape as it moved. It wasn’t uniform. It wasn’t symmetrical. The cloud, as a whole, was moving in a direction, but it was vigorously forming and reforming as it proceeded across the sky. In order to really see and understand how it shifted from one movement to the next, I had to focus on one small part of the cloud at a time. When my eyes moved to a new section – I could only tell that it was different, but I had no understanding of how the cloud made its new edge. All the while, my previous focus-point continued to roll into new areas of the atmosphere.
What really stood out was the cloud’s depth. As the cloud would billow and expand, stretching and reshaping, it was obvious there was a lot going on beneath the cloud’s surface that I was not able to see, understand, or predict until the movement happened.
Then it dawned on me…creation was giving me a lesson about our Creator.
God is on the move.
We are privy to the overall direction where God is moving history.
While history is happening, God doesn’t move in ways we expect.
When I try to take in the grandeur of God, I cannot see the beauty in His intricate details.
When I focus on an intricate detail, I am blown away by what He reveals.
While I am focused in, God is still moving in other ways that are outside my vision.
I am unable to keep up with all of God’s details.
There is a depth to God that we are not privy to.
We cannot fully see, understand, or predict how and when God will move, proceed, or pull back.
While even the best of analogies will breakdown (for example – God moves as He pleases, not because He is forced to, like the wind and sun move the clouds), creation can tell us much about our Creator. Both David and Paul wrote about this:
The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the expanse proclaims the work of His hands.
Day after day they pour out speech;
night after night they communicate knowledge.
For His invisible attributes, that is, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen since the creation of the world, being understood through what He has made. As a result, people are without excuse.
In order to have this teachable moment with creation, I had to sit down, be still, and think. After all these realizations had flooded my mind, I was convinced that I had sat there too long and my wife was likely waiting on me to come find her. I looked at my phone to see how long I had been there:
Not even 15 minutes.
In less than 15 minutes of looking up at the sky, God used His creation to remind me of His greatness, His beauty, and His depth. Day after day and night after night, the lesson was there, ready for me to learn – but I wasn’t looking or listening. For certain, I am without excuse.
Will you take 15 minutes today to look at creation…and see His eternal power and divine nature?
The heavens declare the glory of God, so let’s take just a few moments…and look up.