I awoke this morning to a pre-dawn thunder storm. I don't know how long it had been going, but the thunder and rumbling woke me up about 5:15 - just a few minutes before my alarm was set to sound off.
I love thunder storms! I padded upstairs to the kitchen, turned on the coffee maker, threw open the door to the deck and sat in the living room, where I could look out into the pre-dawn darkness listening to the thunder clap, the rain pattering on the wood deck and watching the sky light up for almost an hour.
I heard a distant car alarm, probably activated by the thunder. Not much else, though besides the rain and the thunder. I felt very close to God during that storm. It's during times like that we know He is completely in control. We can't stop the thunder or lightning. We can't really go outside safely. For a few moments I didn't even have an internet connection--imagine my panic!!
The only thing to do was to wait out the storm. Eventually, my internet connection was restored. The geese who live at the lake in our neighborhood honked gratefully for the refreshing rain. When my son wakes up he'll be grateful he doesn't have to hose off the pollen on our cars. The birds are chirping away now and the air is clear and clean and fresh after the storm. The world certainly appears different than it did a mere 2 hours ago!
Thunderstorms remind me of the storms of life. They can be terrifying when we are in the midst of them. We can feel disoriented, lost, alone and afraid. But just as during a thunderstorm, God is in control. He is there with us as we weather each storm, conquer each challenge and try to muck our way out of whatever it is we find ourselves in the middle of.
I'm so grateful to worship a God who walks with me during the storms, and refreshes and renews me when the storm has passed.
"Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, and he brought them out of their distress. He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed. They were glad when it grew calm, and he guided them to their desired haven" (Psalm 107:28-30 NIV).
Blessings on your journey,