This past Saturday I was working out in the yard...it was
still hot and humid but there was a pretty good breeze blowing. Taking a break, I sat and watched the clouds
and was so intrigued by them that I got one of my movie cameras and set it up
on the deck. I watched the clouds and
the leaves of the trees as the winds moved them around. I noticed that there was more than one layer
In a meeting Monday evening, I shared that experience with
those present, and because the wind was blowing fairly constantly, I asked them
which layer of clouds they thought were moving the fastest - those closest to
us or those further away. The first two
responses were quick - the ones "higher up," they said. Then one said, "well, I'm gonna go with
the ones closest to us." And
another said, to cover all the bases, "the ones in the middle." In this case, someone was going to be right.
It was the clouds closest to us that were moving the fastest
and they tended to obscure those layers of clouds behind them and higher in the
sky. The ones farther out appeared not to
be moving at all, at least not to the naked eye. Even the video of them showed them staying in
one place. And I thought to myself, what
is moving so close to me that I cannot see the calm beyond it?
What is it that is blocking my vision or that changes my
focus? It's just like Peter when he took
his eyes off of Jesus and started looking at the winds and the waves around
Maybe it's the cloud of fear or the cloud of busy-ness, the
cloud of uncertainty or the cloud of unfulfilled expectations, the cloud of
disappointment or the cloud of regret....or, well....you fill in the
blank...the cloud of________________.
Our spiritual journeys are different; we may be facing those
clouds or we may be surrounded by them.
One thing I know, the winds of God's peace and love will move those
clouds out of the way.
May we look beyond to see and experience the calm behind it;
may we see and experience the calm within us, that only God can give. May you find that calm today and in the days
ahead. In Jesus' name. Amen.