"When he thunders, the waters in the heavens roar; he makes clouds rise up from the ends of the earth. He sends lightning with the rain and brings out the wind from his storehouses."
Last night, I let Reece stay up after the little two were asleep and we sat outside watching a thunderstorm. He was a little scared of the loud thunder but we talked about how God is in charge and how God controls the wind and thunder and lightning. Reece was in awe of the power displayed in every boom or bolt of lightning.
Everything is under His authority and His control.
Even the storms.
The ones outside... and the ones inside our lives.
I am determined to teach my boys everything I can about God so their little minds process life through this filter as they grow and become the men God is calling them to be. I want them to see God in the storms and in the gorgeous clear-skied sunsets. He is creator of both. I am, however, learning in my life that weathering the storms make the sunsets even more beautiful.
That doesn't mean it isn't hard not to shiver with fear when the thunder booms in your "life storm". But know that He is in complete control of every thunder and every wind and every lightning bolt. We have to trust Him. We don't know what sunset he is painting on the canvas of our lives that will be revealed to a lost world. He will also shelter us just as Reece and I were sheltered. The storm was right there but we were completely safe in our refuge.
God is so big that he keeps the winds in a storehouse and yet longs to reveal Himself to me and to you.
I love spending one-on-one time with my boys. It is pretty rare but I am determined to do it more often because it is so special for me and them.
To shake the soul and let the glory out.
When the great oak is straining in the wind
The boughs drink in new beauty, and the trunk
sends down a deeper root on the windward side.
Only the soul that knows the mighty grief
Can know the mighty rapture.
Sorrows come to stretch out
spaces in the heart for joy."
May we ALWAYS trust Him.