“What is the way to the place where the lightning is dispersed, or the place where the east winds are scattered over the earth? Who cuts a channel for the torrents of rain, and a path for the thunderstorm, to water a land where no one lives, an uninhabited desert, to satisfy a desolate wasteland and make it sprout with grass?” Job 38:24-27 NIV.
Shortly upon arriving at our vacation home in the mountains of Arizona, a thunderstorm rolled in and unleashed its song upon the earth. Swinging open the french doors and snuggling myself in, I watched the play unfold before me. Complete with melody, lyric and drama, with movements of gentleness to crescendos of strength and power, I marveled at creation’s response to its Conductor. I was in awe of God’s glorious orchestration of His creation.
The storm is a refuge forcing us to rest, to watch, to listen.
The following days were filled with clouds blanketing the sun protecting us from its heat granting us long walks throughout God’s forested land. Crows as big as chickens, fluffy tailed squirrels, eagles, elk, wildflowers and honeybees fat with nectar, were our companions. All of us going about our day in communion with each other. I never felt alone.
The sun rises and sets to remind us that God gives us enough for one day. The moon and the stars light the night sky to remind us we are part of a whole. Thunderstorms roll in, not to bring destruction, but to quiet our souls and bring sanctification. The wind blows branches in all directions but their roots are steadfast, deeply anchored. The flowers bloom for a season before the snow comes to slow down our rhythm.
God speaks to us through His creation: beautiful melodies and harmonies, gentleness and strength, freedom and beauty, uniqueness and purpose…..all coming together to produce a magnificent play displaying His power and glory.
We each have an instrument to strum, blow or beat in this orchestra of the Body of Christ. But we must combine them to produce the beautiful sound of unity for the earth and the heavens to hear. We cannot exist as solitary followers.
“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:14 NIV.
What is the way to the place where the lightning is dispersed? “Follow me” says our Lord Jesus. Are we a part of the whole illuminating the heavens and the earth or are we keeping God hidden in the privacy of our hearts?
After this respite, let us journey onward to “Rooted in Love”
(All bolded scripture is for my own emphasis)