Q: Does God Literally Write His Love in the Sky?
A: Yes, sometimes he does... Especially for some of us who might easily forget, like me.
Earlier this summer I was attending the Ottawa show of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police "Musical Ride", an old Canadian tradition. I attended my first "Musical Ride" with my Uncle Bob and my cousins when the show came through our small rural town. I don't think I was much more than 5 years old at the time. (For all my American readers: you really miss out on a lot of cool age-old traditions and pomp and ceremony that comes from having a Queen... but that's beside the point! ;-)
A few weeks back I was watching the show and I saw this:
...It was pretty sweet. Tears welled up in my eyes because that sight brought back to my memory one summer as a kid and a particular sky. I don't remember exactly what was going on, but I do remember it was hard and I was sad. It was most likely when my Mom was pretty sick and we weren't sure if she was going to make it. I had gone with my brother to his community baseball game. The clouds were clearing up after a storm had passed and the dark grey sky was getting lighter. I looked up and saw a hand in the clouds coming out of the sky-it was a huge big strong hand. In my heart I knew that it was God and somehow it was going to be ok. I don't know if anyone else saw it, and we didn't have digital cameras and phones back then! I think I was a little sheepish to tell anyone about it... was I seeing things? But, God used that to comfort me. I had forgotten all about that until just a few weeks ago.
I was reminiscing recently on this memory and I realized that for me God has given me this sort of thing in the sky numerous times in my life. I don't base my faith on it, but I guess God just decided I needed little extra reminders of Him?! It might be because I can so easily forget that He's got everything under control, I can forget His love and all that He has already done, and the hope He's secured for us in heaven. He "needs" the whole huge sky to open my eyes and remember Him.
The other day I was walking past the Laura Secord Ice Cream store, and I remembered stopping in there on a particular day about 7 years ago... I had just got my first government job and I had gone to the mall and purchased my first grey "business" suit. (I decided to pre-spend a little of "all that money" I was about to make and celebrate the paycheque coming my way!:-) ) As a celebratory treat, I ordered an ice cream cone and when I went to pay, the lady at the register said that the women in front of me had bought me my ice cream. Again, it was one of those moments in my heart that I knew God had done this; it was His tangible way of celebrating with me!
Another time was in University when I dropped out of the Music Program; in a step of faith towards pursuing missions. I had NO idea how I was going to afford the next semester without my music scholarship. At the time I felt like I was leaping off a cliff not too sure what would happen next. However, God is also in computer glitches... and no matter how hard the school tried to reverse my music scholarship off my account they couldn't and they finally gave up. After I finished my finals they called and said "Merry Christmas"! (Yay God!) ... And, that's how God provided for the music major drop-out who was pursuing missions in Uganda.
I'm pretty thankful for a God that is involved in every detail of our lives and every concern of our hearts. (I'm so thankful that He didn't just "wind-up the world and then let it go.") He's very actively involved and is working all things out for the good of His children. And, when we need a little extra loving care and a sign of His love, He'll send it. Sometimes in the sky, sometimes in a free ice cream cone, sometimes like today in the call of a friend helping me raise money for Uganda. We all have cloudy days, but sometimes Jesus "parts the heavens" to remind us He's in control, He loves us, and He's got everything under control.
Praying that God will help you know Him and His love more, and if necessary part the skies just a little for you today!