The thought of being struck by lightning is enough for us to pay attention and take precautions to avoid the lightning strike. People typically don’t go outside in a lightning storm. People also don’t go swimming when lightning is in the area. These precautions make sense, but once we take every precaution we can, we don’t dwell on that “what ifs”.
Yet in life we treat other types of lightning strikes as if the bolts are aiming right at us. We live thinking that any moment lightning could strike and destroy our carefully laid life, livelihood, and family. The lightning is the unknowns, the extremes, the “what ifs”. Lightning in our lives are things that are out of control that could paralyze us.
This year has seen its share of struggles and as we lump them together and attribute them to it being a crazy year, we start to look for the lightning, we expect the lightning. What will it be? Will a tyrant win the election for president (I’m not claiming a political stance)? Will someone in my family become gravely ill or maybe even succumb to COVID? Will my friendships be torn apart by tension and differences of opinions? Will I be diagnosed with cancer? Afterall, it’s 2020, anything is possible.
No matter the lightning, no matter the calendar year, lightning could strike. All the planning in the world can’t prepare us for a lightning strike and shaking our fists, lashing out at others, and bleeding our fears into a social media platform won’t change the outcome.
So then what do we do? Turn. to. God. If the lightning is going to strike then it’s going to strike. By turning to God we don’t have to live in fear of the lightning. We can live in the shelter of His provision. We can trust that He will be there through the storm. We can trust the Lord to give us peace and fill us with calm even if the world falls apart. We can also preserve our relationships and take our fears to Him instead of causing hysteria on social media.
I came to know the Lord in the middle of lightning striking. It doesn’t give me a free pass on any future storms, but I have confidence that facing the storm with Him is better than going it alone every single time.
“For You have been a stronghold for the poor, a stronghold for the needy person in his distress, a refuge from the rain, a shade from the heat. When the breath of the violent is like rain against a wall, like heat in a dry land, You subdue the uproar of barbarians. As the shade of a cloud cools the heat of the day, so He silences the song of the violent.”
Isaiah 25:4-5 HCSB
“I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. You will have suffering in this world. Be courageous! I have conquered the world.”
John 16:33 HCSB