December 4, 2014

The Last Forecast

Ominous, low-lying clouds sprint up Puget Sound toward our Canadian border.  Late in the year this is frequently an omen of downpours to come.  Mercifully, these aerial assaults are interrupted by brilliant, sunny days when fresh, overnight snow crowns the gnarly Olympic Mountains to the west.

Our Creator whips up various cloud recipes, some to seek cover from, others to wrap wondrous surprises in.  The prophet writes, “See, the Lord rides on a swift cloud and is coming to Egypt.  The idols of Egypt tremble before him, and the hearts of the Egyptians melt within them.”

Our Lord pictured the end of this age, saying, “There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars.  On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea.  Men will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken.  At that time they will see the Son of Man (Jesus) coming in a cloud with power and great glory.  When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads because your redemption is drawing near.”

If the meaning of this leaves you feeling partly cloudy, may I introduce you to the One who is “the Light of the World?”