February 14

Exodus 14:15-18

“Moses entered the cloud, and went up on the mountain. Moses was on the mountain for forty days and forty nights.” vs. 18

Moses had to climb a mountain to get into the cloud, and while he was there, as the story goes, the Lord gave him the two tablets of the Law. Nowadays he could have done the same thing by typing “decalogue” on his smartphone and launching a Google search. According to some folks, that’s all we need to do to enter the cloud, a place that until recently we didn’t need to know about and evidently now can’t live without. In scripture a cloud is regularly used to describe the presence of God and is a fitting metaphor for the Great Mystery. It implies that God is hidden, an elusive presence who exists just beyond the boundaries of comprehension. And maybe that’s why computer scientists use the word “cloud” to describe this modern phenomenon. We’ve started to use the word frequently but only a few have even the foggiest notion of what it is. Some may have the idea that there is an actual place somewhere, maybe a huge depot, where stuff is being stored. Others are just confused. And that’s kind of how it is with God, we imagine that God is in a single place, the top of a mountain or a place called heaven, and that to find God we have to go where God is. That’s not true–God is where we are, and best of all, God has a valentine for us today!

Thought for the Day: What does my valentine from God say?

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