A guest post be Debbie Yohn
26 “Now in the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know what to pray for as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; 27 and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.
28 And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:26-28)
It was Good Friday when I took this picture, my plans were to spend quiet time in church reflecting on the journey of suffering that Jesus took all those years ago. I think as believers we take for granted that we know the rest of the story, but back then, His friends and family were undone by what happened. I can’t imagine what it was like to watch someone they loved suffer and die like that. I thought of Mary, standing at the foot of the cross, salty tears bathing her sunburned face and windblown hair. Her eyes must have been so swollen and filled with a puzzled childlike wonder of what was going on?
This was not how it was supposed to end, there was more to do, there was more life to share. How could God bring her to the foot of a huge cross held high in the air for all to see and mock? I wonder if she questioned “Why?” We as humans do that, we want to know the reasons. As a mom myself, I am pretty sure my head would have been all over that one question, “Why?”
We will never know the thoughts and feelings for those there that day, we can only imagine. Mary and those gathered had NO idea of the miracle that was about to happen. As we all know it was not the end of the story but a new beginning. As I paused to soak in the beauty of the sky that night, I noticed how the light and color overshadowed the darkness. I took a picture.
Look at the picture, what do you see? That night I saw red clouds and Gods handiwork. The next day, when I looked at the picture I took, I saw a face in the clouds and it reminded me of Jesus. As I write this, I am faced with a Breast cancer diagnosis. In this picture I see hope, hope that is sometimes written in the sky as a reminder it will all be ok.
A side note from Carole L. Haines: Debbie is my best friend and has been for 40 years. Please pray for a miracle of healing for her. This world needs her. Her family still needs her. I need her. Thank you so much.