I like running, but that has nothing to do with my post…it’s just a good way to start, I guess. Anyway, while I was running this morning I noticed that there was a single cloud in the sky, next to the sun. I couldn’t help but to stare at the cloud while I was rounding the first turn on the track (I can stare as long as I want as long as I don’t run into anything) and the more I looked, the clearer an image started to form…
It’s funny how when we look at something, people see different things. Take for the instance the cloud that I saw this morning. The first time I saw it, I thought it looked like an elephant preaching behind a pulpit (yep, that’s right… an elephant preaching behind a pulpit). The second time I saw it, though, the elephant was gone and the cloud turned into a hand trying to grab a fish. The final time I saw it, it was a hand holding a fish up in the air, as if it gained the greatest prize in the world (see pic above).
What do you see?
Now, I am not a man who usually attaches spiritual meanings to things like this…
Who am I kidding? Yes, I do!
While I do believe that God speaks to us in many different ways and shows us things that are beyond our comprehension, I don’t think He fashioned that cloud just for me…but what He did do was help me to see something that I may not have normally seen in an inanimate object.
I saw the elephant preaching behind the pulpit because I have a desire to preach the Word of God with power…and what better way to illustrate that, or confirm that in my life, than an elephant preaching behind a pulpit.
The hand trying to grab the fish is the goal of every Christian, to be fishers of people. To go out into the world and help people see what I see, to know what I know, to experience Christ in the same way that I experience Him.
The hand holding the fish in victory is what I hope happens in my ministry! I want people to know Christ because of my work. I want people to love Christ because of how God is using me! I want to be a fisher of people, but I also want to hold a soul up to God and say, “This one’s for you, Lord!”
But then again, maybe that cloud was only a cloud and nothing more…
Thank you, God, for the clouds and the messages that come with them.
Peace, Love, and Soul