Never have I seen such a phenomenal display of lightning and have been delighted with such booming thunder. Pure magic. Except it isn't an illusion and we know the "magician" is none other than our Heavenly Father. To state it better, it is more like pure glory.
I am quite convinced God is having fun as I speak with putting on such a fantastic display of His might and glory. "Great is our Lord and mighty in power." Psalm 147:5 My daughter had to memorize that verse for AWANA last year. It is simple and easy to repeat, but the connotations are powerful. Looked at further in context, Psalm 147:4-6 states, "He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name. Great is our Lord and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit. The LORD sustains the humble but casts the wicked to the ground."
Children fear the lightning. For a bit this evening I was frightened too. The house actually shook from the thunder. For a moment I found myself thinking that maybe this was a prelude to the Rapture. The thunder boomed as loud as I imagine the Lord's voice could. The lightning was as if it was a glimpse of His shining glory that one day I will gaze upon.
As an adult, one would be wise to remember to fear the Lord as they watch His display of might in the sky. When I watch the lightning I stared in awe at first and began thanking God for such beauty. The longer I stood there though, the more I was amazed at His power and might, sovereignty and justice. True reverence and fear overtook me.
Psalm 19:1 proclaims, "The heavens declare the glory of God,..." Tonight God's glory was certainly on display for the world to see. How anyone can watch such a show and not see God, I'll never know. Apparently, they are looking, but unable to see. Yet, His majesty is right before us everyday. This storm has been a powerful reminder.
For the display of God's works, for His mercy and grace, beauty and justice, I am forever grateful.