Thunderstorms

The thunder which had been rolling around all morning came closer, so off went the computer and out came pen and paper.

pen and paper

Rain started. It was so noisy it sounded like small-hail, but I didn’t see any. It made it so dark in the early afternoon that it was more like early evening.

When I was a young child in Scotland, a little nervous of thunder, my mother used picture of heavy tableto say, “It’s just God moving His furniture.”

 

Well it did not take many years before I found out that could not be possible. Jesus did say to the apostles, that in His Father’s house were many mansions”, but I do not think He needs to move furniture.

Thunder can be rationally explained…

Thunder is produced by the explosive expansion of heated air surrounding a lightning channel. Thunder can be heard from a maximum distance of about 10 miles (16 km) under good atmospheric conditions. When lightning strikes close, thunder has a loud clap or snapping sound. The rumbling we hear is the sound of thunder reaching us at different times from the sound produced along its length. People have experienced injury and property damage from the sound of thunder at close rangehttp://www.lightningsafety.com/nlsi_info/thunder2.html

However, God controls the weather. Below is only one of forty-seven verses at the site mentioned. (Most are in the New Testament.)

“When He imparted weight to the wind And meted out the waters by measure, When He set a limit for the rain And a course for the thunderbolt, Then He saw it and declared it; He established it and also searched it out.
http://bible.knowing-jesus.com/topics/Weather,-God~s-Sovereignty-Over#sthash.yPaRp56W.dpuf

Look at the statistics of a storm… (CG = Cloud to Ground)

 CG lightning can occur with both positive and negative polarity. The polarity is that of the charge in the region that originated the lightning leaders. An average bolt of negative lightning carries an electric current of 30,000 amperes (30 kA), and transfers 15 coulombs of electric charge and 500 megajoules of energy. Large bolts of lightning can carry up to 120 kA and 350 coulombs http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lightning

Speaking for myself, I cannot comprehend what that much power is.

image of lightning

But God is more powerful than many storms, imagine Him thundering at us.

The Israelites had just a glimpse…

 On the morning of the third day there was thunder and lightning, with a thick cloud over the mountain, and a very loud trumpet blast. Everyone in the camp trembled.  Then Moses led the people out of the camp to meet with God, and they stood at the foot of the mountain.  Mount Sinai was covered with smoke, because the Lord descended on it in fire. The smoke billowed up from it like smoke from a furnace, and the whole mountain trembled violently.  As the sound of the trumpet grew louder and louder, Moses spoke and the voice of God answered him
Exodus 19: 16 – 19

Amazing what thoughts can be triggered by a thunderstorm.

Quote, fear the Lord

Well, I started this yesterday (Wednesday) afternoon… and now here comes another string of storms, and they are coming closer. Will have to turn off again.

(It is now early Sunday morning here, and the storms have gone.)

Susan

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2 thoughts on “Thunderstorms

  1. David Wyatt-Mair

    Hi Susan, I just read your article, and what a co incidence this was:

    I read about Thunder, Lightning. Then I walked over to my table on which Annetjie had the Newspaper and there on front page of the LS section (lifestyle) is a bright stunning picture of lightning with a caption “Cracking the lightning code”

    So I walked back to PC on Desk to write this.

    I hope you are keeping well and have a great week ahead,

    Regards

    david

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