Have you ever been caught in a storm? When the rain falls hard and the wind is blowing a gale, it’s loud, really loud! Add to that the voice of thunder and the flash of lightening and you’re sure to be in the middle of something big, the myth of Mother Nature where she doesn’t just let out a burp but a roar!
Insurance companies often refer to this formally as an ‘act of God’… now this is not an accurate reflection of His personality or far reaching grace and mercy but it does adequately capture His immense size and power.
There’s a great verse in Psalms 29:3-4 that says ‘The voice of the Lord echoes above the sea. The God of glory thunders. The Lord thunders over the mighty sea. The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is majestic.’
Scripture highlights that ‘The voice of the Lord echoes above the sea.’ An echo (Google tells me) is a sound caused by the reflection of sound waves from a surface back to the listener. It’s a reverberation, a reflection, a resounding or ringing of the original tone. Often times though it doesn’t carry the same power, pitch or volume as it travels forward, it diminishes.
Except when the original sound is the voice of God that thunders over the mighty sea. His voice is more power, His word and His promises echo louder, they stay true no matter what the weather is doing or how bad the predictions are.
See again the definition of an echo: it is a sound caused by the reflection (the source being God) of sound waves from a surface back to the listener (you and me).
What I try to remind myself when I’m in the storm, most times working within the metaphor, is that life brings rain and wind, but God’s voice rises above all the noise, I just have to listen out for it.
Are we listening?