I don’t remember ever being scared in thunder storms – perhaps I was but don’t remember. I do remember my mum and Dad teaching me to count pink elephants between the flash of lightning and the rumbles of the thunder to work out if it was coming towards us or going away. Last night I waited for hubby in the car watching a thunder and lightning display over False Bay – sometimes behind the clouds you just saw a brilliant flash of light, at other times bright forks of lightening spiked down from the sky – spectacular! While I enjoy lightning (even the word translated into Chichewa feels nice on my tongue – Chipalawali) hubby is not so keen – he has seen the destructive side when someone was struck dead by lightning when he was a school boy.
For me lightning always reminds me of God – not in a scary judgement type of way – but by the display of awesome power. It reminds me that God is in control. I love that Job says that the lightening reports to God for duty – even the forces of nature are in his control:
Job 38:35 Do you send the lightning bolts on their way? Do they report to you, ‘Here we are’?
As we have passed Easter and move towards Ascension Day I am also reminded that Jesus’ glory will be like lightening filling the sky:
Luke 17:24 For the Son of Man in his day will be like the lightning, which flashes and lights up the sky from one end to the other.
When so much in the world and in my life is out of my control my thunderstorm reminds me of the power of the one who holds all things in his hands. While for some God’s control over their lives is scary for me it is a reassurance – for I know that the One who commands the lightening and calls the thunder, and He is my Heavenly Father.