The other day when I walked out of Walmart I was literally struck with a sky that took my breath away.
I love beautiful skies. They move me. They get me right in the heart. But this one was different on so many levels. I NEEDED what I saw.
I snapped a couple of pictures with my iphone and then heart racing (yes, thats what sky pictures do to me) rushed my van to another parking lot to see if I could see it better. As I stepped out of the van, to my amazement the entire sky was spectacular. What I had set out to look at was beautiful enough with its hues of soft fuzzy pinks and blues - sort of like a baby shower or a soft baby blanket. But as I turned around I actually gasped. There were clouds that looked like they were exploding with fire. There were rays streaming from all different directions in the sky and other clouds that looked like the tips had been dipped in exquisite gold. It was fantastic. It was as if the sky was literally alive.
I stood not even knowing which way to look. I stared, awestruck. It felt sacred to me. In the very deepest part of my soul, I knew I was having a moment with God. Heaven touched me. God breathed life into me. He took my tender heart and held it in His vast and strong hand.
And right there in the parking lot of the liquor store at Superstore, with cars whizzing past me and people milling around, I wept. I wept and I wept and I wept. Healing tears- like smooth ointment on a newly cut wound; or water on a really really scorching hot day. It was as if a dam had broken within my belly and I couldn’t hold the tears in any more. I was so deeply moved and so deeply touched that even now, I feel it. All of the pain and the stress and the worry and grief and the questions flowed out of me. With tears streaming down my face, I was completely, absolutely overcome with gratitude - for my family; for my heart friends, for love, for so many things in my life.
But mainly I wept because the God who made those clouds and made that sky and made the whole beautiful earth is my friend. I felt like He had painted the sky just for me that night, that moment in time.
Healing in my heart, refreshed in my spirit, after a long pause, I went home a stronger woman.