The storm kept me awake Monday night.
It wasn’t the lightning or the rain, but the peals of thunder. It wasn’t booming over my house, but was distant, like a symphony of rumbling energy. As one peal ended then another started. As if God was conducting with divine inspiration.
Things About Thunder
- Can be scary
- Can happen any time
- Can warn of a coming storm
- Can disturb your sleep
- Can disturb your sleep all night
Sometimes the storm passes quickly, and sometimes not. Sometimes it parks over your neighborhood and hangs around like an uninvited guest.
Some Thundering Thoughts
- We can’t control it
- We can’t stop it
- There is no volume control
- Like it not, it happens
- Ear plugs are ineffective
I Don’t Get It
What’s the point of it? I understand lightning, but not thunder. Sure, there’s all kinds of science to explain the physics, the electrically charged particles, and the sonic reverberations. But on a sleepless night, at 2:30 in the morning, who cares about science? What am I missing?
Maybe Job Can Explain It
“Behold, these are the fringes of His ways; and how faint a word we hear of Him! But his mighty thunder, who can understand?” (26:14)
“Can anyone understand the spreading of the clouds, the thundering of His pavilion?” (36:29)
“After it, a voice roars; He thunders with His majestic voice, and He does not restrain the lightings when His voice is heard. God thunders with His voice wondrously, doing great things which we cannot comprehend.” (37:4-5)
Apparently, not even Job understood the thunder, but he knew where it came from.
Perhaps the thunder speaks of larger forces, of higher powers, and of divine things. Once the thunder passes it leaves us with the sense of having been in the presence of God. That we exist within in his glory.