A Message in the Clouds

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The little girl flopped down on her front lawn and stared at the sky intently. The blue and white expanse was so captivating, that she barely noticed the hum of the neighbour’s lawn mower or the way that the grass tickled her arms and legs. Directly above, a frog ate a whale while a bearded old man looked on with interest. A little ways away, a big friendly dragon slowly morphed into a steamship that was on its way out to sea. There was no shortage of fantastical images.

When I was young, the clouds were never just clouds to me. They were a doorway to a world in which my imagination ran wild.

My husband and I still look for pictures in the clouds. Which is why last night, as we drove home from a mid-week prayer meeting, we were staring not at the passing scenery, but at the rosy sky.

“Hey look! That cloud looks like a whirlwind!” I said excitedly.  “And there’s something on top of it. What is it?”

“I think it looks like a sphinx on top of a mushroom,” my husband responded.

“No. That’s a lion,” I said confidently. “It’s definitely a lion. He’s sitting calmly on top of a tornado.”

As we watched, the cloud formation changed a little, and the lion put his head down on his paws and went to sleep.

Do you ever have those moments where the Holy Spirit uses something as simple as puffs of water vapour in the air to speak to your soul? This was one of those moments.

Life has been a little crazy lately. As I watched the shifting shapes in the sky last night, however, the Holy Spirit reminded me that the righteous are as bold as a lion. I’m His child and that makes me righteous. It sometimes feels like a tornado is rushing through my life, but I can trust Jesus, rise above my circumstances, and be at rest.

All that from a cloud!

God speaks to us in ways that are relatable. For a little girl, all grown up now, who holds cherished memories of lazy summer days staring at the sky, God used a cloud formation to speak a truth from His word into my anxious heart (Prov. 28:1, John 16:33, and Matt 11:28-30). How special!

God gets us. He created us and He gets us. He understands the way that we think. He knows how to show His love to us perfectly. He whispers the truth of the Bible into our hearts in ways that are meaningful to each one of us – it could be through a sermon, a song, a poem, a painting …

… or even a message in the clouds.


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