One of the scenes from 9-11-2001 that is burned in my mind is the picture of people fleeing the growing cloud of dust and smoke from the collapse of the World Center towers. The terror is etched on their faces as they seek safety.
One of the pictures of the prophetic voices in the Hebrew Scriptures of God’s presence over his people is that of a shadow created by the cloud of his presence. The writer of the Book of Lamentations was very familiar with this metaphor:
“We thought that under his shadow we would live among the nations.” Lamentations 4:20
In the middle of their suffering, homelessness, hunger, war-ravaged grief was the constant reminder that they had a choice: they could live in the shadow created by the cloud of terror and fear or they could live in the shadow of God’s presence. Whatever you and I go through today, we have the same choice. – Ron Friesen