Clouds

October 30, 2015
by Lou Ciccanti

Psalm 19:1 – The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky proclaims the work of His hands. (HCSB)

Psalm 147:7-8a – Sing to Yahweh with thanksgiving. Sing praises on the harp to our God, who covers the sky with clouds. (WEB)

One week prior to my high school graduation, the Pennsylvania State University awarded me entrance into the College of Art as an applied art major. As an upstart, studying the masters of art, from the classics to the contemporary, was indeed stimulating. One semester introduced me to the techniques of post-impressionism and modern art, which was truly an eye-opening experience.

On a particular assignment, I recall an accomplished artist and professor instructing the class to be blindfolded and actually feel a tree for seven minutes. Taking off my blindfold and using the simple media of charcoal and a 9-inch by 12-inch sketch pad, I then began to draw the image of that tree. The rationale was a sensory one: If we embraced and understood the texture of something, then its illustration would provide a more accurate rendering of its interpretation. This, I thought, was a rather unusual way to contemplate the subject matter.

When I consider the clouds, I cannot help but be amazed how their shapes, formations, and colours are unceasingly changing. Not only do clouds defy imaginative reasoning, they are beyond anyone's comprehension. With all the study, preparation, time, and drawing, there is no human match to the creative artistry of clouds. What a talented individual can draw is but a poor imitation, to say the least.

My conclusion is simple. Clouds are art. God has revealed His artistic majesty through clouds. The heavens are like God's museum of art in motion. No matter how many times I look at the sky, the skyscape is intrinsically different. His canvas demands that we recognize Him as the supreme Designer. It is to this end that He is glorified.

Romans 1:20 – Since earliest times men have seen the earth and sky and all God made, and have known of his existence and great eternal power. So they will have no excuse when they stand before God at Judgment Day. (TLB)

Prayer: Heavenly Father, in awesome wonder, we offer You praise as You exhibit Your glory through clouds. May we ever be mindful of Your precious gift to us — Jesus Christ, Your Son — in Whose name we pray. Amen.

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Lou Ciccanti <breadoflife@mchsi.com>
Ocean View, Delaware, USA

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Great reminder Lou.


    Thanks Lou. Refreshing to say the least and great truths in a day when our educational systems reek with the stench of evolution. Thanks again.


    Lou, I loved your description of clouds being God’s creation of art upon His canvas – the sky.
    Yes, His creations make us realize what a great God we serve. Thanks for writing.


    Thanks Lou. I love clouds. And God. And now I will think differently every time I look at the clouds. Thanks for a great new perspective. Hope you are well. Say hi to Lori for me. Bless your whole family.


    Dear Lou:
    So very nicely said, my friend. I totally agree with you too about the clouds. God is truly our Master Artist.
    God bless you my friend and Lori too, of course.


    Dear Lou,
    Certainly, “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the skies proclaim the work of his hands” (Psalm 19:1).
    I could just try embracing a tree sometime with my eyes closed!
    Thanks for writing.


    Amen Lou. I too love the clouds and have spent many many many hours watching them and marvelling at them over the years. It started when I was a kid and has continued. It is beyond my comprehension that people deny the existence of God when they are surrounded by the majesty, beauty and complexity of his handiwork.
    Blessings.


    Lou, Just this morning when I did my normal daily walking outside, I happened to look up at the sky and see the beauty that God has created.
    Man cannot duplicate it. The sky was totally blue. There was not a single cloud up there. Much like your devotional today, each day He creates a background or landscape that is indescribable. More people should take notice of His mighty wonders.


    Lou,
    Thanks for your inspiration to me this AM. I am in North Carolina this week and see many wonders that God has created (the pine trees, ocean, clouds). I look at them in awe of his power to just speak all these things into being, to Him all the glory belongs.
    Closing your eyes and let your mind realize His beauty and that some day we will see him brings a “big smile” to my face.
    Thanks again for sharing.


    Your devotional was soo right on. I have loved the out of doors since I met God as a child and saw His face in every cloud, and rainbow.
    What a magnificent Creator we have!!


    Thank you for sharing.
    Oh the wonders of God’s creation!
    May God richly bless you.


    Dear Lou,
    Thanks for a devotional with a difference. It made me think of my flights last spring during both of which I enjoyed a window seat.
    The clouds were wonderful for both flights. Large irregular white pile-ups with peep-holes through which I could see the ever-changing prairies and the mountains, and we had the bonus of a great-circle-tour of the vast cities and rivers because we had to await space to land on busy runways.
    Very beautiful! “What God has wrought!” It makes me think of the even-greater way God keeps us in touch with himself through both the ancient Old Testament writings and the New Testament, then the lesser writings of us who do devotions, plus the writers of surprisingly fine books like Philip Yancey, “What’s So Great about Grace?” for instance.


    Our Creator is indeed the great Artist of the universe. And clouds are one of His very mystical beautiful ever changing gifts for our eyes to enjoy.
    I have loved the out of doors from my earliest memories, so it was no surprise I worked as a camp counsellor, taught outdoor ed. and have written many devotionals about God’s love constantly poured out through His creation.
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on clouds.

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