One of the most fascinating attributes of being married to Dodie is her love of nature. Moving back home to Texas after 38 years (besides to marry me) was an opportunity to rejoin her roots and surroundings–especially in the beautiful Hill Country.
Although she grew to like the deserts of Arizona, Dodie missed clouds. Even today, she looks and just beams as she enjoys them.
We were fortunate that a friend, a fellow McCollum High School classmate, and his family drove all the way across much of the Lone Star State to preside over our wedding on December 5, 2019 in Boerne.
Not long after, Pastor Jack Comer of Circle Drive Baptist Church in Bridge City, Texas offered this message one particular day when I needed it.
“Yesterday, upon receiving news and prayer requests, I went to the back patio that we have and begin to pray for these people that had these special needs.”
“My prayer was simple but sincere, asking our Lord to let these know that He loved them and cared. I prayed that they might have a peace and might know of His presence, along with their various needs might be met.”
“I prayed also for their family members and for the struggles and concern that they had as well. When I finished praying, even though my heart was heavy, I felt an emotion that said, ‘God would be there for these.’”
“Now not to sound unspiritual, I then began to watch the clouds. Yes, I’m a cloud watcher. There are times when I just like to sit and watch the movement of the clouds and also try to see what images I can find.”
“Yesterday I saw a little lamb, a bunny rabbit and a cocker spaniel dog. Of course I saw a monster or two, but that may be due to a childish mind. (LOL).”
“Some of these clouds were darker than others and some were moving quicker than others. And every once in a while I would see the blue sky behind the cloud. In fact, I know that there is blue sky behind the clouds, even if I didn’t see it.”
“I think there is a spiritual lesson there, not that we have to spiritualize everything. But we have clouds in our life. (troubles, inconveniences, sickness, hardships) Some are much darker than others. But on the other side of the cloud, there is blue sky. Perhaps Paul understood this, when he wrote:
‘For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! 2 Cor. 4:17′”
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