Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Symbol of Renewal

I have long been a fan of clouds. They're so vast and amazing to me, and so beautiful. They're never the same, and some formations leave me in awe. Every time I get in the car to drive, I point out the clouds to my daughter, ask her about her weather prediction, and listen as she tells me what she sees in the clouds. I really love clouds.

I was taking some time outside today when I noticed an odd formation. It was a cloud of an unusual shape, seeming to arise from a more mediocre, average cloud. It was interesting enough that I took a picture.


I didn't pay much attention to it, but when I looked up again just a few moments later, the formation had changed. What was it, rising from the cloud? Something different. A bird, perhaps?


Yes, I saw it. It looked like a bird, a mythical creature, its wings raised and ready to take flight. I watched as it magically transformed every few minutes.


A phoenix, I thought, as the gentle winds carried to closer and it grew larger, spreading its wings. A phoenix, symbol of transformation, rebirth, renewal.


It rose above me, encompassing the entire sky directly over my head. I sat in awe of its beauty, its might and grace, the way it caught the sunlight, and the absolute vastness of what had been a small cloud in the distance.


And then, the phoenix passed over me and continued its flight. I thought I saw it as it flew away, but I wasn't sure.


Yes, I saw a phoenix in the clouds. I watched it fly away. I drew strength in that vision, that symbol. Out of the fire, a new life rises from the ashes. Transformation. Renewal.

Goodbye, phoenix cloud. I am in the fire and facing ashes, but new life and strength and beauty will rise.

14 comments:

Hanlie said...

Oh Lyn! This is beautiful. You truly are an extraordinary person and I am privileged to "know" you.

Leslie said...

Beautiful.

lynne said...

Hi Lyn, Thanks for sharing. I hope that everything is getting better for you. Weight is only one facet of our lives (though it seems ever present)and we sometimes forget that there is SO much more that makes us who we are; and what we are about. I wish you well

Ms. PJ Geek said...

wow. good for you, lyn.

Tammy said...

Love it...and still praying. :)

Lanie Painie said...

pure loveliness.

Vilese said...

beautiful.

SG said...

you are going through so much. from some of what i've read it sounds like you have faith in God and believe in the power of prayer. "be courageous and strong. do not suffer shock or be terrified, for jehovah your god is with you wherever you go." (joshua 1:9) you can get through this. it might be hard and terrible and awful. but god will give you "power beyond what is normal" to get through it if you rely on him. "we are pressed in every way, but not cramped beyond movement; we are perplexed, but not absolutely with no way out, we are persecuted, but not left in the lurch; we are thrown down, but not completely destroyed." (2 corinthians 4:7-9)

please know that people out there are thinking of you and your family.

Dillypoo said...

Beautiful. Simply beautiful.

spunkysuzi said...

So true!!

JoAnne said...

I call those kinds of things, "God Winks." It seems every time I get so down that life just doesn't seem fun any more, there is a God Wink. Every time I have a burning question that I just can't answer, there is a God Wink in the form of a magazine article, a sermon that is seemingly directed at me and my question, a passage in a book I'm reading that correlates exactly to my dilemma.

I think you saw a God Wink!

Sandy said...

I love that you saw the Phoenix in the cloud! Before you even mentioned that you saw it as a bird, and then as a Phoenix, i was seeing the Phoenix too! Beautiful and inspiring! I'm wishing you the best Lyn.

Melaine Magnolia said...

Hi Lyn, Im new to your blog. But I too am a cloud watcher & I have to say that is the prettiest cloud experience & Im having cloud envy right now:]

Bobbie said...

I'm so happy your daughter feels better and you had such a great weight loss for June. I have mentioned this before, but I feel such a connection with you. I really don't read blogs, but yours really helps me and says what I want to say. I, too, love clouds (another connection to you). I loved your pictures and it makes me think of the verse in God's Word that says "God has put this knowledge in their hearts. From the time the world was created, peole have seen the earth and sky and all that God made. They can clearly see his invisible qualities--his eternal power and divine nature." Through those clouds we can see God. And with so many people praying for you, I believe God really wanting to give you something special for the day. Take care.