Well, after a long stretch of 90+° temperatures, we had a well-received storm last night. Thunder rolled, lightning flashed, and the rain poured down. I even felt our home shake with one of the thunder claps! While I thoroughly enjoyed the whole thing from the comfort of my home, some of my more thrill-seeking family were out riding, doing some “storm-chasing,” as you can see from the great pic taken by our granddaughter, Jasmine. As I often say, “Nobody does it better than God and I’ll take His shows over a fireworks display any day. It was a delightful evening for all of us, and I’m sure there will be more of them to come.
Storms come in all sizes, from just a passing shower, to a few days of heavier rain, making for a “rainy spell,” or, like last night, an evening of intense thunder and lightening that passes in a few hours. But occasionally, you may be hit with an all-out “category 5” hurricane, or even a tornado, bringing with it devastating winds, hail, and accompanying floods. Usually there is advance warning of the more severe storms.
Being only a month and a half into the hurricane season, much is said about storm preparedness. When a major storm approaches, we usually head outside to pick up any loose lawn furniture that might fall victim to the gusty winds. Sometimes windows are boarded up. We make sure that there is an ample supply of food and clean water on hand to keep us going for a few days, just in case. I always send John out to get “bread and milk.” I have no clue why. I don’t even drink milk! But he does, and it’s an act of preparation for me, I guess. We laugh about it anyway. Battery powered lights and oil lamps are made ready in case of a power failure. Weather forecasters tell us to go over an evacuation plan with our family, and to learn of the nearest shelter in case we need it. Whew! That’s a lot of preparation.
Life has it’s storms too, doesn’t it? Just like the weather, they may come as just a “passing shower,” or they can bring an all-out major event. Unlike the weather, the storms of life aren’t always predictable. Jesus’ disciples knew what that was like.
“Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.
“Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear. But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”
“Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”
And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.” (Matthew 14:22-23)
Why did he doubt? He was walking on water, for Pete’s sake! (No pun intended. Well, maybe just a little.) But why did he doubt? Think about it. We’ll talk about that and about preparedness for the storms in our lives in the next post, “Stormy Weather: Part 2.”
Believe it or not, I hear thunder in the distance. Seriously! For now, that’s the view from here!