Wednesday, August 08, 2007
Clouds and the Rock
We are back home from our bike ride. It is a very windy day. The sky is filled with cumulus clouds - big white fluffy clouds that sometimes hide the sun. I love those clouds. They mesmerize me. I look at them and see all sorts of different images.
Sometimes I see funny animal shapes - huge monsters or funny bears. Other times I see people - larger than life characters with crazy hairdos and huge noses. On a day like today, when the wind is blowing hard, the images change rapidly. If you look away for just a minute the funny lady is gone and has morphed into something altogether different.
Cumulus clouds - beautiful, ever-changing and completely insubstantial. What looks to be a cuddly ball of soft cotton would slip through my fingers if I were able to reach out and touch it. Rather like the things of this world that we often try to grab hold of to give us a sense of security and well-being. A good financial plan, material possessions, power, fame, sometimes even the people in our lives prove to be mere "vapor" when we face difficult circumstances. All the wealth and power in the world cannot keep sickness and death from entering our lives. The people that we think we can absolutely depend on may suddenly change when we are in difficult circumstances.
There is, however, something solid, upon which we can depend. A Rock that is a firm foundation under our feet. It is strong and true and unchanging - no matter what situation we find ourselves in. That Rock is the person of Jesus Christ. He will never fail us. His word is true. His character is unchanging.
"Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today, yes and forever." Heb. 13:8
"The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge; my shield and horn of my salvation, my stronghold." Ps. 18:2