Yesterday, Arlie 4 wanted to go fishing and wouldn’t stop asking. He started using the word “please” but drew it out so it was about 5 seconds long. I looked outside and saw the dark clouds, sagging low like over filled water balloons ready to burst. It had rained off and on most of the day, and it looked like more was to come.
That’s when I thought of the Braemar trail, and the little creek that runs along side. I asked him, “OK, do you want to go on a nature walk and try to catch a few blue gill with bread?” He replied, “Sure. Maybe we can use those bluegill to catch some fatty cats at Brittle Lake.”
We made the hike to a small, wooden bridge, and set up camp on the sandy shore below. We used tiny bread balls for bait. To our surprise we hooked a 7 inch baby carp.
After a few more casts the ran drops began to fall. We decided it was time to head back. As we made our retreat up the hill the grey water balloons overhead finally burst. I could feel my shirt and shoes filling up with water. Pulling Arlie onto my back, we began to run for the car.
Soaking wet and out of breath, I let him down after opening the back door. That’s when it happened. Over our heads, from the low hanging clouds came an explosion of thunder. As the crescendo of sound broke over our heads, I looked up and saw a burst of pure, white light. The sound of thunder breaking above sounded like 30 giant oak trees being shattered at the stump at the same time. Obviously, we were not struck, but I glanced right and left, expecting to see a falling tree engulfed in flame. Awestruck ,and dripping with water, we jumped into the car and sat stunned.
As I sat there, dripping, clinging to the steering wheel, I replayed over and over what had just happened. I drew three quick conclusions. First, God is perfect in holiness. The one true living God made lightning and thunder. How fearful would it be to stand before this awesome God in our own sinfulness. This made me thankful for Jesus and his righteousness. Because of his death and resurrection, through faith, his righteousness is now ours. God, the creator of thunder and lightning, is my father and my friend because of Christ.
Philippians 3:9 says, “and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ–the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith.”
Second, Each day is a gift. God can take us out of this world and into the next any time he chooses. Let’s be thankful for the gift of life, family, ministry, friendship, and love. Hebrews 13:5 says, “Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise–the fruit of lips that openly profess his name.”
Third, God is all-powerful. There is nothing too difficult for him. As bright light, broke through the clouds and rain, God’s power is available to us in the storms of life. He’s able to explode into our darkest moments to bring wisdom, to create open doors and opportunities, and to provide freedom and deliverance. The Scripture tells us that the same power that raised Christ from the dead is now working in all who believe through faith.
Romans 8:11 says, “And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.”
Let us be thankful today that the God who made thunder and lightning is the same God who loves us and is working for our for good.