Tonight, or rather this morning, I was woken up for the umpteenth time by the thunder. I have been up most of the night with Wes, who has a serious diaper rash and wakes up every time he is wet. So after finally falling somewhat asleep, I was really irritated when the thunder, or "booming" as the girls would call it, woke me up again. If you know me you know that when I wake up I'm up for good, or at least a while before I fall back asleep. So in the case of the thunder, I opened the drapes to see a better picture of what was happening outside. Our view from the new house isn't stellar, but it's pretty good with the lake behind the house. There's lots of space to see the sky and the water that reflects it. And the lightening was definitely something to behold. It didn't last but a few minutes, with a short but heavy rain, but the sound and show of light was remarkable. I'm not scared of the fee storms, but there's a healthy fear and reverence that comes into play every time I see or hear it. A healthy fear that tells me to back up a few feet from the door or to get out of the pool. You know the feeling. But tonight, in all my sleepiness, or should I say sleeplessness, I couldn't help but feel overwhelmed with the peace an comfort of God. He was clearly telling me something in the thundering sound, but I didn't know quite what it was. I whipped out google like all good smart phone users do, and found the trusty 'ole bible gateway search bar where I found every reference to thunder in the bible. Did you know that every single one of those me ruins of thunder has to do with sound or more often than not a voice? Usually God's voice as well. I googled some science info as well, and from the most reliable of all sources- Wikipedia- I found some awesome information. Try it the next time you are in the midst of a storm. Literal or one being personified through life's situations. I'm laying here totally in awe of the creator, and also healthily terrified of his awesomeness. He is so huge and so powerful and so mighty and so magnificent that His voice is like thunder! That loud, sharp, billowing, and unmistakable sound is the faintest and most comprehensible way for me to know his voice. It's terrifying and yet reassuring at the same time. He is beautiful and yet so very fierce. While reading about the science behind thunder, I was reminded that the thunder is merely the result of the lightening. It's not just loud and obnoxious for nothing. There is a clasp and a bang and a rumbling something fierce because there is a fabulous light show in the moments before. What's so funny to me is that because the light is so remarkable, the sound actually has to catch up to it. We see the flash and brightness before hearing the sound because light just happens to be so great and fast. How amazing that the glory and light an splendid beauty of God the Father is so great that the sound of thunder will have to play catch up with his greatness!!! How awesome that the two don't exist independently - but coexist together - meaning that when we see his glory and his majesty, we WILL hear his thundering powerful voice!!! His words of truth and freedom will pierce through the darkness alongside his righteous glory! I was overwhelmed with sadness a few days ago, after watching a movie about child predators. It was a true story, an my heart broke as I watched two college-aged kids search for this missing girl. They found the place she was being kept, and there beneath layers, upon layers of mattresses to keep her screams silent, she was found in a dog cage like an animal. It was a true story and it left me grieving for the thousands upon thousands of children who have, are, and will face the same travesty everyday until Jesus returns. But tonight, as I listened to the thunder I was reminded of how quickly he is coming and how loud and howling he will come in!! Jesus come soon!!! I never really understood the phrase "the spirit and the bride say 'come'". But in recent years I have learned the meaning to be truer than true. While the Holy Spirit has been grieved since creation and the fall of man for Christ to redeem the earth and mankind, it wasn't always so for the human race. But I can honestly say with full honesty that my heart- this piece of his bride - is saying "come!" Jesus come quickly and save the kids who are being exploited and kidnapped and tortured. Jesus come quickly and end hunger for families in third world countries, as well as our homeland. Jesus come soon and comfort the broken in spirit and in heart and mend the sadness of those who have lost greatly and need loved so deeply. Jesus make your way to us sooner than ever before because without you we are nothing and we are longing for you to return and have redemption poured out to the ends of the earth! And when He comes!!! Oh when he comes!!! His light will flash brighter than any lighting display you've ever seen in the sky! And His voice will thunder louder than any boom you've heard! And the trumpet will sound calling the redeemed home! What a glorious day that will be! Beth Moore says that we can always always always expect the real thing to be so much more incredibly eyed than what we can imagine or expect. And the second coming of Christ is no exception! It will be glorious and marvelous and majestically better than any picture we can conjure upon our finite minds!! I'm so glad God can speak through the thunder. And I pray that both you and I would be reminded in every thunderstorm until his return, that he is coming soon. That he is supreme. And that there will come a day when the remnant, the ransomed, the redeemed, are reunited with the King of Kings! "Daddy don't sleep Daddy don't slumber I don't wonder When it thunders 'Cause I'm safe Safe in daddy's arms" -Jason Upton
Bri is the mom to four little people, the wife to a gentle giant, and a lover of Jesus. She's figuring out the best ways to parent by trial and error, and sharing her struggles, successes, and stories with you!