God’s grace and thunderstorms
As I awoke last night to a very entertaining thunderstorm in the early hours of the morning I couldn’t help but reflect on the strong parallels between God’s grace, His love for us, and this amazing natural phenomena the thunderstorm. The parallel starts in anticipation of the storm; as the humidity builds we can sense the storm coming. As we look through the narrative of the bible we can see that oppression, injustice, and idolatry are the markers for which God faithfully shows His grace.
As the storm approaches we find ourselves in wonder of what the storm will do, how big will it be, how powerful will it be and what do I need to do as it passes over me? When we are willing to embrace God’s love for us we find ourselves asking the same questions about this mysterious force about to pass through us.
As the storm passes over us it washes the dust of drought off everything; so God’s grace forgives all sin. Sins are those things which are experiencing a “drought” of God’s standard. The storm also brings new life to the ground (did you know lightening deposits ions that help plant growth); allowing God’s grace to pass through us brings new life to any individual or group of people and is the reason why we love the term “born again” as though we are a new person. The bible says if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: the old has gone, the new is here!
In no way am I the first person to draw these parallels together but my hope is that next time you encounter a thunderstorm you won’t just be in amazement of the storm; you will also find yourself paralleling the size of the storm to how much God loves you.