Last Sunday driving home from church I noticed the sky was filled with clouds. It was apparent God was having a good day, and lots of fun making clouds.
These were the big, fluffy, almost like cotton balls floating in the sky type of clouds. The tops were bright white while the bottoms look like they had been sanded flat and covered with a thin coat of dark gray; as if the clouds it scraped against the ground.
After a few moments, I noticed this one cloud that differed from the rest. Unlike the others, this one was smooth, tall, and tan in color. It was tucked in behind all the other clouds, almost as if it was bashful and was hiding.
I pointed out to my wife, commenting on how it was the only one with that color in the sky.
We marvel that this unusual clown for several minutes. Then, while stopped at a traffic light waiting to make a turn my wife happened to take her sunglasses off. When she did, the unusual cloud disappeared, or more accurately, it was still there, but now it looks like all the rest of the clouds.
People and clouds share a couple of key traits. The first being that there are a lot of them, all created by God. Most are interesting and have a story to tell if you take the time and effort to get to know them.
And like the cloud hidden behind all the others, the one that looked different, each of us is unique and amazing; especially when seen through God’s eyes.
Like an artist studying a half finished painting, God sees the good, and not the failings. God sees what the shadows of time are hiding, and what is yet to come.
Shorty after his resurrection Jesus appeared to his disciples. John 20:19-20 records one of his appearances: “On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you!’ After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.”
The disciples gathered together in the same upper room where they had shared the Passover feast and where they had shared the first ever communion. They had heard Jesus’s words in which he declared victory and established a new covenant of salvation.
As they gathered in that same upper rooms, they were discouraged, defeated and afraid. Jesus knew better. He knew that led by Peter, the disciples would become the foundation of Christ’s church.
John 20:21-22 continues, “Again Jesus said, ‘Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.’ And with that, he breathed on them and said, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit.’”
Let me close with Jesus’s words to the disciples; peace be with you.
John R. Fowler. John is the pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Prosper.