Your mercy, O Lord, is in the heavens;
Your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.
It is a balmy spring day. The sky, brilliantly blue, is dotted with an endless array of fluffy, white clouds. Shepherding winds drive them along like so many sheep in an azure pasture.
My brother, Bill, and I lay down on our freshly mowed lawn, breathing in the sweet fragrance of the grasses. We kick off our shoes and indulge in one of our favorite childhood passtimes - cloud watching!
"Look! I see a dog's face in that one!"
"Where? I don't see a dog. Oh, wait, yes, there it is!"
"It's changing shape. I wonder what it will look like next?"
"I hope it's not a scary monster face."
We chat and point and laugh as we watch the continually morphing pictures in the clouds. Better than any movie we could see. A bunny, an elephant, a giant, a car, an eagle . . . a veritable parade of images before our wondering eyes.
So high up. So far away. Yet, in their friendly shapes, Bill and I feel close to them, as though, if we tried hard enough, we could reach up and touch them. And, they would come down and play with us and be forever friends.
"Oh, wow! Look, Bill! I see the face of Jesus! Do you see it?"
Bill squints and his gaze follows the direction in which I'm pointing.
"It does! I see his beard, the flowing hair, the eyes . . ."
We closely follow the cloud as it rides across the heavens.
"Oh, no, it's changing," Bill laments. "He's fading! Jesus is going away."
"It's okay, Bill," I assure him. "It's just a cloud. The real Jesus will never go away."
Are you a cloud watcher?
Will you pray with me?
We are so thankful, Father, that You, unlike the shape-shifting clouds, never change. You are the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. No matter what changes we are facing in our lives, help us to always remember that your mercy and faithfulness endure forever. Amen.
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