The internet and the world wide web are here to stay. Life is so much easier because of the ability to get information within seconds of a query. I am, however, always learning something new. Since I travel a great deal, I know how important it is to know the local language and how handicapped one can be when you don’t know the language.
The same is true with computer language. I have barely gotten to the point where I know what a hard drive is on my laptop, why it is important to have certain software and how to check a URL to make sure it is legitimate. When I see a word related to the internet that I don’t know, I just google it for a definition. None of these words are in the old Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary on my shelf. They are too new.
Sometimes computer language uses an old word in a new way. In that big old dictionary of mine, cloud is defined – among other things – as a visible mass of vapor, especially one suspended in the sky. The newest definitions of cloud refer to cloud computing and cloud storage. Most Kindle Fires only have 8 GB of memory because Amazon offers free cloud storage for their products.
The kicker is that using cloud storage also means you need a WIFI connection in order to stream the content from Amazon’s cloud. If you want to read something on your Kindle Fire when a WIFI connection is not possible (like I do), you need to download the book, magazine, document, etc. onto your device.
Perhaps the oldest use of the word cloud comes from God’s word. That “visible mass of vapor, especially one suspended in the sky” was part of God’s creation, recorded in Genesis. When He led the children of Israel out of Egypt to the promised land, He used His cloud to guide them. As His chosen people, He had a special connection with them.
In that day, the cloud symbolized God’s presence and guidance. As Christians, we have the inner guidance of His Holy Spirit. His people still need to follow Him, wherever and however He leads.
Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. Moses was not able to enter the tent of meeting because the cloud had settled on it, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. Throughout all their journeys whenever the cloud was taken up from over the tabernacle, the sons of Israel would set out; but if the cloud was not taken up, then they did not set out until the day when it was taken up…. the cloud of the Lord was on the tabernacle by day, and there was fire in it by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel (Exodus 40: 34-38).