About 2 months ago just after we moved to Florida a friend from Campus Crusade staff in Orlando told us that she was from Iowa. She said that she misses her home of course, but she loves Central Florida for the blue skies and white puffy clouds. I have actually never been in Iowa, but I’m taking her word for it that the clouds are better here. So when we went outside we watched the clouds, trying to figure out what the differences could be–are the clouds here better than Pennsylvania or Delaware or Northern Virginia clouds? Can’t say that I can tell, but they are beautiful.
But clouds are deceptive.
There is little that I would like more than to be able to walk in the sky on top of the clouds or slide down their puffy sides or jump from one cloud to the next or hitch a ride across the sky. (Actually I fear heights, I don’t even like glass elevators, so this is all in my mind) Clouds look so (grin) FLUFFY! Each time I fly, I find it disappointing that they are just mist, the plane goes right through them and although they are able to block our view of the earth below or the sky above, there is nothing solid about them. They look solid, substantial, and even FUN!
I’m making the obvious comparison, but aren’t clouds like the “things of this earth?” What the world promises us will fulfill us or complete us or satisfy us–doesn’t. Sometimes our temporal success can seem enough, our view of what is eternal is blocked by what is here and now and good–or good enough. We find ourselves looking for the next success, the next good deal, our next great passion. Our souls try to grab on but we find that we wind up empty-handed. Sometimes, even our hearts’ greatest love-our families–can leave us with with empty places.
Then we realize that only the things of God can truly satisfy us way deep down. And that what looks amazing, is just mist. But the God’s Word tells us that even about our lives doesn’t it? “Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.” –James 4:14