The sky is an endless source of beauty. It is an ever-changing canvas. One day it is a clear blue with wisps of white. The next it is covered in puffy grey shapes with rays of sunlight streaming through. Every colour and shade and pattern that could be imagined has been strewn across it, and we are all witnesses of this ongoing miracle. That’s why the psalmist wrote, “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork” (Psalm 19:1 ESV).
According to NASA, a cloud is quite simply “a mass of water drops or ice crystals suspended in the atmosphere.” Though most of us would be hard-pressed to come up with a scientific explanation for what we are seeing, we know that it is fascinating. So much so, that we delight in making a game of finding meaning in the shapes we see.
What do you see up there?
What is it that makes us search for meaning everywhere we look? Psychologists and theologians are in agreement that such a quest for meaning is a universal human condition. It seems each one of us has a “God-shaped hole.” The psychologist is likely to see this as an evolutionary glitch, something the human race should eventually outgrow. But the theologian, like the psalmist, has a better explanation. Both the miracle of the sky, and our response to it, tells us that there is something more. For God “has put eternity into man’s heart” (Ecclesiastes 3:11 ESV), and nothing but God can truly satisfy.
Below is my pinterest board for Cloud Formations. If you hover and scroll, you’ll find many beautiful images.