Message In The Clouds

by Sheri Schofield

I’m a cloud girl. I love watching clouds and looking for designs that remind me of something familiar down here on planet earth. Montana has some of the most unusual cloud patterns I’ve ever seen. We have days when clouds look like UFOs or elephants chasing geese, stripes or puffballs. One day I saw angels flying across the sky! I find the constantly changing cloud formations fascinating.

But yesterday I saw something unlike anything I’d seen before. The clouds were unexciting, plodding across the sky toward another destination. But across one cloud I saw a perfect, human eye shape, complete with eyelids sketched against the dull background. It was startling, and I wondered how it got there!

Psalm 32:8 flashed across my mind: “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.” (

God knows I am a cloud girl. I sensed that he put that eye in the clouds just for me, to remind me that he is watching my efforts to reach the children of my town for Jesus – that he has a plan and the power to do this work. He will guide me, open doors for me, bring others of like mind to me. He will energize and organize this effort.

I do not have that kind of influence. But God does! As I walk in obedience to the instructions God gives, I can trust him to orchestrate everything, to bring me into contact with people whose goal is the same as mine.

Will this happen overnight? Probably not. The only thing I know is that he expects me to be faithful in my efforts to reach these children for Jesus, for as long as I am here.

Ministry here on earth can feel daunting at times. Each believer has his or her own work to do, and sometimes the trials and resistance of earth cause us to feel like our work does not matter . . . that it is pointless. But that is not God’s message to us! The devil would love us to think that way. He would prefer that we give up. But God is with us! Jesus’ very name in prophecy – Emmanuel – means “God with us”.

God did not mean for any of us to minister alone, either. He intends for us to be part of a body of believers who will support us in prayer and words of encouragement. We need the church, the Body of Christ.

Paul talks about spiritual gifts given to people when they give their hearts to Christ. He speaks of these gifts as being parts of a body. One gift could be compared to a head, another could be like a hand, and so forth. He emphasizes how we must function together. “The eye cannot say to the hand, ‘I don’t need you!’ And the head cannot say to the feet, ‘I don’t need you!’ . . . Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.” (1 Corinthians 12:21 & 27, NIV)

God did not call any of us to be Lone Rangers. We are to serve him together, loving one another, upholding one another and praying earnestly for one another. As we do, the assignments God has given to us will grow easier because of the mutual support.

Not a bad train of thoughts while I had my head in the clouds! God still speaks through His creation. Thank you, Father!

The heavens are telling of the glory of God; And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands. Day to day pours forth speech, And night to night reveals knowledge. There is no speech, nor are there words; Their voice is not heard.  Psalm 19:1-3 NASB

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sheri schofieldAbout the author: Sheri Schofield, an award-winning children’s author-illustrator and children’s ministry veteran of 40 years, has just released her new book, The Prince And The Plan, to help parents lead their children into a saving knowledge of Jesus. Sheri was named Writer of the Year for 2018 at Colorado Christian Writers’ Conference for her work in effectively sharing the gospel of Jesus. Her ministry, Faithwind 4 Kids, can be followed on her blog at her website, http://www.sherischofield.com. Questions welcomed!

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When God “Showed Up”

by Sheri Schofield

It was rodeo week in our Montana town during that a hot, dusty July. By the time Sunday rolled around, the children were exhausted by late nights of watching bull and bronco riders. I was teaching children’s church that day. The classroom was hot, so I took the children outside to the lawn, where I spread quilts on the ground under the towering shade trees. It was cooler, but not a breath of wind came to cool us. Within a minute, every child was laying down instead of sitting, and I could see their eyes drooping.

The story for the day was about Pentecost. “Lord,” I silently prayed, “these children need to understand your power! They need to know that the Holy Spirit can do great things through them! The children are sleepy. I need your help here!”

“Jesus had left earth and had returned to heaven,” I began. “He told those who followed him to go back into Jerusalem and wait for the Holy Spirit to come. They did. They met together and prayed for days.” I looked around at the children. Ah! One child was almost asleep! Lord, help!

“Suddenly, the Holy Spirit came. He rushed in with the sound of a mighty wind!” I looked up into the trees and stopped talking. Are you there Lord? I asked. A quick wind stirred in the tree tops.

The children looked up, startled.

“Hm.” I said. “No, it wasn’t a gentle wind. It was stronger.” I kept looking up. Suddenly, a great burst of wind hit the trees, and the sound filled the air!

The children’s eyes popped wide open! They were all sitting up now, mouths open, staring up into the trees!

“Yes!” I exclaimed. “It was like that!”

I jumped up, “They each began speaking in a different language! Over here, someone may have said, ‘Buenos dias!’ That’s Spanish. Over there, someone said, ‘Guten morgan, kinder!’ That’s German.”

Moving around the quilts to different locations, I greeted the children in seven languages, each one different than the other, to give them a taste of Pentecost. I had their full attention now, for God had “shown up”! Not a child there doubted it.

How many times in our lives do we feel that God is not with us in our times of trouble? Do we pray without ceasing, hoping he will show up? Do we anxiously cry out, “Help! Help! Help!” and keep on worrying? Or do we cry out to God and then fall silent, looking up, expecting our heavenly Father to “show up”, to speak to our hearts?

Our Father has a hard time answering us if we’re busy talking! It is when we fall silent before him that we can hear his voice. When we are silent, the Holy Spirit rushes in like a mighty wind and declares, “I am with you! Don’t be afraid! Don’t be anxious!”

When I am anxious, I often reach for my Bible. In God’s love letter, I find peace. Sometimes, I go for a walk in the forest and breathe in the fresh air while I wait for his answer to my problem. I’ve told him plenty about it! Now I need to listen. In my expectant silence, as I wait on God, he fills me with joy and comfort. He puts new thoughts in my mind, a better way of dealing with the problems. I am not alone in my struggle. God always shows up! He will always be there for each and every one of his children.

“The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” Exodus 14:14, NIV

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sheri schofieldAbout the author: Sheri Schofield, an award-winning children’s author-illustrator and children’s ministry veteran of 40 years, has just released her new book, The Prince And The Plan, to help parents lead their children into a saving knowledge of Jesus. Sheri was named Writer of the Year for 2018 at Colorado Christian Writers’ Conference for her work in effectively sharing the gospel of Jesus. Her ministry, Faithwind 4 Kids, can be followed on her blog at her website, http://www.sherischofield.com. Questions welcomed!

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