Melinda Eye Cooper
Do You See What I See?
2012 was a strange year in my life.
Somehow I found myself involved in a situation that seemed like a terrible test. So, to clear my mind and to seek God, I'd walk around the track at the football field at the city park. This particular day, overwhelmed and in tears, I stopped at the bleachers to pray.
After I got up to finish my walk, I glanced into the sky. There before me, was a cloud formation resembling a piece of artwork two young girls had painted during worship service a few Sundays before. They'd painted Jesus with His arms raised and His head bowed completely with their hands. I was amazed at their creativity.
So, seeing a similar cloud formation and just having prayed at the bleachers for God to have His way in my life no matter the cost, I snapped a few pictures of the cloud formation resembling the artwork.
Later on, when I viewed my I-phone pics and enlarged them, immediately, I saw the face of Jesus and it appeared He was being kissed on the cheek.
Betrayal crossed my mind. My heart sank. Would I betray someone? Or would someone betray me?
I showed the photo to some family and friends to see if they could see what I saw. Some did. I shared it on social media and some saw Jesus, as well. The more I studied the pic, the more I could see.
A Cherubim to the left seems to be gazing at the scene of Jesus being given a kiss of betrayal. Jesus may be praying in the garden asking God for the cup to pass. Fallen man is held in the strong grasp of the arm of Jesus.
Wow. A bit of a treasure given to one of God's children who sought Him during a difficult time in life.
The next year, 2013, was the worst year of my life (to date). Betrayal was a large part of what made it a terrible year. But I was so involved in my own whirlwind of life circumstances, I didn't think much more about this photo God gave me in 2012.
About a month ago, I was looking at old photos on my Facebook and found where I'd shared this. So, I began to look at it more closely. Something new came to my attention I hadn't noticed before. A couple of things.
For those of us who seek God (and believe Him when He speaks), I want to share each cloud formation that make up the big picture and hopefully, you will see what I see.
A Cherubim gazing at the betrayal scene unfolding.
Jesus praying in the garden before the kiss from Judas.
Judas kissing the cheek of Jesus.
Jesus with fallen man (upside down man in His arms) held within His tight grip.
I really hate this guy. I didn't see this until a little while ago. A sinister reminder we have an enemy.
The face of a lion at the far right and the hardest to see.
Once you see each element individually, it's easier to see them each in the big photo. They go left to right and what I see is a picture of Jesus in the midst of betrayal but with fallen man held within His tight grip. The evil face found in the feet/legs of fallen man (Satan really did trip us up!) and to the far right, the face of a Lion which is the hardest to see. But it's there.
Does God not look down from heaven on all mankind to see if any understand, any who seek Him?
The LORD looks down from heaven on all mankind to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God. (Psalm 14:2 NIV)
Seek God in every moment.
Sometimes showing Himself to His children making us believe all the more.