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Central Sisters Write

Vol. 7 Issue 3
March 2009

Published monthly by the Women’s Ministry at Central Church of Christ, Amarillo, TX
It is God who works in you to will and to act according to His good purpose. Philippians 2:13 NIV

Lessons from a Thunderstorm

Spring on the High Plains means evenings and nights of thunderstorms and days of sunshine. Aside from learning to respect the power of nature, God has several lessons tucked away in these storms.

What are they? We are all aware of the rain and its many benefits, but the lightning is also important. While we see lightning as a beautiful and awesome, yet frightening thing, it has a definite purpose (as does all of God’s creation). First of all, lightning puts out a lot of ozone. The ozone cleans our air. Ozone is that wonderful fresh smell we love to inhale after a thunderstorm. Second, the lightning creates nitrate which fertilizes the earth (and it doesn’t smell nearly as bad as a feedlot!). A thunderstorm increases the oxygen making it easier for us to breathe. And to some folks, especially if it is far enough away, the sound of the thunder is relaxing and helps them to sleep. (By the way, snow also contains nitrate, but rain does not – only snow and lightning have it.)

In Genesis 1:1 the three things that predated creation were God, darkness and water. In Genesis 1:3,6, God moved and contained both the water and the darkness to suit His purposes.

We all have figurative rain that falls in our life. We have those dark days of despair. What we don’t think of during those times is that sunshine always follows the rain and light always comes after darkness. Remember, the world started in darkness and God pushed it away with light. He will push away our darkness too, just as surely as day follows night. When we are going through rainy periods in our life we need to welcome His lightning for the cleansing it is doing, welcome the ozone, it is the smell from God that freshens our outlook, and welcome the sunshine after the darkness.

Does God not say to us with the darkness and anxiety of the thunderstorm: “See, I can bless you with anything I wish to use, even if it is dark and loud and frightening. I am more powerful than the darkness and I will come with my light to push away the darkness.”

Is it that promise buried deep within our psyche that makes our step a little lighter the morning after a good rain? Is it the clean air and extra oxygen deep in our lungs that makes us feel so alive? Is it the smell of heaven that makes us almost giddy? Yes, yes, yes. All three remind us that we have passed through the dark storm and into the light of God’s love.

Mary Ellen Evans

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