Lightning, pink elephants & control

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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.

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4 thoughts on “Lightning, pink elephants & control

  1. I love watching storms. As I child my parents told me it was Jesus bowling. Never heard of the pink elephants, though. Yes God is in control and beyond our comprehension! good post!

  2. Sara McCartan

    I so love watching thunder storms. We had a few beautiful ones here in Finland last summer. Kyle and I sat up and watched them. Just like you, I get reminded of what an awesome God we serve when watching a thunder storm. i have to say though that nothing compares to the ones I saw in Uganda.

  3. There’s nothing like nature to remind me of how awesome and powerful God is. The big sky and violent storms that race across the Great Plains here in Nebraska often remind me of that. I have to say though, I used to like thunderstorms when I lived in New England. It wasn’t until I moved to Nebraska and saw the magnitude of the storms here that they began to terrify instead of inspire me. Half the time we run for cover in our basement.

    I’m sorry it took me a whole week to visit you and this post — feeling a little swamped this week. Thank you for grace!

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