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Thunder and Lightning

When he speaks in the thunder,
    the heavens roar with rain.
He causes the clouds to rise over the earth.
    He sends the lightning with the rain
    and releases the wind from his storehouses.

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When we moved to Arizona ten years ago, a family member told me to watch out for the monsoons. Being a California girl, I had no idea what we were in for. We moved in late June which is the beginning of the monsoon season..and I soon found out.

Picture this: Clouds begin to fill our clear blue sky, fluffy white at first and then turning dark gray. Winds pick up and the trees start to sway as the velocity increases. As the sky darkens, lightning zig zags while thunder roars in the background. Sometimes those lightning strikes sound and feel like they are right outside the door, while other times, light fills the sky followed by a distant rumble. The rain begins — quickly changing from sprinkles on the concrete to torrents of water running down the street. Then it’s over. The sun returns, the heat increases and drys the ground, the desert is refreshed.

As I thought about the loud thunder that can be heard for miles, there is no doubt in my mind that when the trumpet sounds with the return of Jesus, we will all hear it. Nothing is impossible for our Creator — He proves His power and majesty in the middle of the storm.

It’s encouraging to know that while the storms in my life appear ready to take me down, God is there — not surprised, not fearful, not confused — but capable of everything I need to weather them and move forward on dry ground. I can trust Him for my safety and walk out of the storm ready for a new day.

How great is our God!

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It Is What It Is

Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have.

Philippians 4:11 (NLB))

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While at the bakery, I ran into a friend from church and we chatted while my latte was being whipped up about the changes occurring as we have recently hired a new pastor. This is good but some things are unknown and we are used to doing things the way we have always done it. She commented, “It is what it is.”

A friend tapped me on the shoulder as we headed into a meeting and asked me how my eyes were doing. She knew that is has been a year of trial and error in an effort to get better vision due to the AMD. After surgery and shots, I smiled at her and said, “It is what it is.”

We saw the movie, Bridge of Spies, last weekend and one scenario was repeated several times that caught my attention. The attorney couldn’t get over the calm the prisoner continued to display as the danger increased and asked him if he was worried. The man replied each time, “Would it do any good?”

Anxiety and fear may creep in when change occurs. Or situations pop up that can’t be fixed or controlled. Sleepless nights, frantic phone calls, terrifying thoughts, stilted emails threaten to overwhelm. Just like the disciples in the boat during the fierce storm, I find myself fretting and panicking before I finally realize that I can’t do anything—but Jesus can and will.

He calms the sea. He stills my heart. I can be content, no matter what the circumstances of my life look like today. And it is OK.

It is what it is.

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The Tuning Song

For His invisible attributes, that is, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen since the creation of the world, being understood through what He has made. As a result, people are without excuse. Romans 1:20 (HCSB)

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A recent text thread to Mark from me:

What is the name of that warm up song the orchestra plays at the beginning of a concert?

the tuning song?

yes. Is that what its called?

no, that’s just what I call it

does it have a real name?

it’s just tuning the orchestra, not called anything

but it is always the same

yep, to A440

??

tuning frequency … it’s the A above middle C

ahhhhhh

When you are married to a musician, you expect them to know these kinds of things. Then he wanted to know if I wanted him to teach me music theory. Not.

I was listening to the birds warm up early this morning. As I sat there, the squawk, chirps, trills and cheeps could be heard echoing across the back yard and hill. The symphony started as the sun rose with some tentative notes, as if checking the sound system and tuning up. But, soon it was full throated and glorious.

As a fairly new resident of Arizona, I’ve come to love the clouds displayed across gorgeous skies. I never knew that each cactus has its own particular flower and all of them bloom. Monsoons roll up the sky with dark clouds, lightning flashes—zig zagging across the sky, thunder rolling, and then the rain pours, filling the roads to overflowing. For a California girl, the wonder of it continually amazes me.

The Gospel of Matthew tells the story of Jesus as He commissions His disciples, reminding them, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.” We see it with every sunrise and sunset.

Many, today, are putting God on the back burner. It’s all about me—my wants, my life, my choices, my schedule. I can solve all my own problems, without any help. Until I can’t.

God offers an alternative when life seems to fall apart by showing us that His power and divine nature are alive and well. Just look out the window. If my birds that sing so sweetly can weather a monsoon, yet return tomorrow to sing again, so can you.

Hear, taste, see, touch, smell. God is just what you need when life seems out of control. Enjoy your world and remember to thank God for His creation and trust Him in the storm.

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