“The crash of your thunder was in the whirlwind; your lightnings lighted up the world; the earth trembled and shook.” Psalm 77:18
One of my most favorite things in the whole world is thunderstorms. I love listening to the heavy rain and loud thunder go across the sky. The best is summer thunderstorms, when you can sit outside on the porch and watch the rain, listen to the rolling thunder, and watch the clouds move quickly across the sky. One of my most favorite ways to experience a thunderstorm is at camp during rest hour or at night when you can hear the rain on the tin roof of the cabins.
I most recently have come to the realization that thunderstorms are my favorite because they are powerful. They make me feel small and they overwhelm my senses. Sounds kind of backwards, doesn’t it? Who likes to feel small and overwhelmed? But thunderstorms’ power are a glimpse into how powerful God is.
Psalm 77 is only one example of the majesty of God displayed in thunderstorms. Thunderstorms are talked about a lot in the Old Testament, because they were one of the most fearsome displays of power to them.
God is big and powerful and overwhelming. As Christians, an even bigger display of God’s power and love is the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.
“And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it.” Matthew 28:2
“Having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.” Ephesians 1:18-23