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Cloud Images

CLOUD IMAGES...can really be mind-boggling, some even bordering on the miraculous. I know many of you, like me, are always looking for that next photo-op to share with friends. Last week as I was headed to my morning workout, I was stopped at Forest and Preston waiting for the light to change. I was headed East when I was awestruck by this cloud formation. I grabbed my iPhone, took 4 shots and had to move on.
I have studied it numerous times. I see a few different images. But one stands out over the others. I hope you will respond and tell me what you see. At one point, I thought of setting up a contest with you readers. Maybe some day we’ll do that. And while you are at it, please send your best cloud shots. I am always intrigued.

Here goes! I see a large ape-like monster with fire or smoke coming from its nostrils. Do any of you remember ‘King Kong’? I see the right eye and its open mouth with gnarly white teeth. Sort of daunting; especially with all the other dark clouds surrounding the image. No, I didn’t drive and hide. But I wanted to stay longer. Oh, well. Probably, in a few seconds it would have changed significantly.

What it did was remind me of how God shows us images in his word. The Psalms are poetry and the writer uses beautiful illustrations of God’s glory and majesty. “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it” (v. 24:1 NIV). Anyone seen a burning bush that was not being burned up lately? Moses would tell you it would surely get your attention. Rainbows have been set in the skies ever since the flood.
Beyond the marvelous images that reflect God’s glory, we are warned as his creation not to make for ourselves images to worship. In his Ten Commandments, he is very specific. “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below” (Deut. 5:8 NIV).
It is impossible to create an accurate image of God in your mind. He is infinite and we now are finite. God has set his glory above the heavens. Try grasping that. You can’t, but that’s okay. He gives us plenty of vivid images and glimpses each day in all we see, hear and touch.
Jesus responded to Philip when asked to see the Father. ‘Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who is seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, show us the Father?”‘ (Jn. 14:9 NIV) See, Jesus was saying that he was the perfect image of the heavenly Father. Do you believe that? Many people at that time, even the religious leaders, did not. It is the core of our faith, for salvation and for victorious living.
God did a marvelous thing when he brought about Creation. Can you even grasp the significance of this? ‘God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, and our likeness…”‘ (Gen. 1:26a NIV) “God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them” (v. 27). You and I are made in the very image of the Triune Creator! Wow! Ponder that for a while. We’re not talking about a momentary cloud image, but a real-life eternal image.
Wake up tomorrow, put on the mindset that you are a child of the Living God, made in his image. Go out mindful of his creation, be observant of cloud images or anything else that makes you amazed at his greatness. Others will be amazed at your amazement! The heavens truly do declare the glory of God. Look up, look around! Be surprised at what you see. It’s all glorious.
Copyright 2018
Bill C. Dotson

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