Friday, July 22, 2016

Power in the Storm

            Another storm.  I love lightning and thunder.  I fear it, but I love it.  It scares me but I don’t wish it away.  Here’s why.  Lightning and thunder remind me of the mighty power of God.  The swift, unpredictable, powerful ferocity of lightning and the loud, attention-grabbing, crashing thunder; it can’t be ignored.  It won’t be ignored.  The blind hear it, the deaf see it and everyone can feel it in their chest as the earth shakes in response.
            At our community group a friend shared with us a trial that her family is enduring.  It is a long, complicated, seemingly impossible web of the enemy’s handiwork.  I cannot fathom the pain, the upset, the heartache they’ve endured.  As we prayed for her, we could see her countenance change as her spirit was buoyed by prayer, by partnership with other believers against the enemy who constantly seeks our destruction. 
            I left the meeting encouraged for them and hopeful and filled with faith, but a nagging question:  How?  How will God accomplish all of this, how will they manage until He does?  How can He do this and that and the hundreds of other things that will have to be sorted?  How long will they have to wait, and endure this trial? 
            Then a blinding flash of light and a powerful crash of thunder.  The thunder shakes my house and deep in my chest I feel it’s intensity.  In my spirit I hear the Lord ask, “You question My might?”  No, Lord, you can do anything.  Anything.  This is not too big for You. 
            Job 26:14  "Behold, these are the fringes of His ways; And how faint a word we hear of Him! But His mighty thunder, who can understand?"
            Who can possibly understand?  Certainly not me.  Tonight, though, I’m thankful for thunder and lightning, a physical reminder that God is omnipotent, unpredictable, unfathomable and most of all, loud.  He will not be ignored.  His creation cannot help but take notice.  He will prevail.  
Lord, please forgive my unbelief. 
Psalm 29
Ascribe to the Lord, you heavenly beings,
    ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;
    worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness.
The voice of the Lord is over the waters;
    the God of glory thunders,
    the Lord thunders over the mighty waters.
The voice of the Lord is powerful;
    the voice of the Lord is majestic.
The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars;
    the Lord breaks in pieces the cedars of Lebanon.
He makes Lebanon leap like a calf,
    Sirion like a young wild ox.
The voice of the Lord strikes
    with flashes of lightning.
The voice of the Lord shakes the desert;
    the Lord shakes the Desert of Kadesh.
The voice of the Lord twists the oaks
    and strips the forests bare.
And in his temple all cry, “Glory!”
The Lord sits enthroned over the flood;
    the Lord is enthroned as King forever.
The Lord gives strength to his people;

    the Lord blesses his people with peace.
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