When Lightning Strikes

Author: A. W. Smith — Host: Natty AndersonPosted on: May 4, 2024

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When Lightning Strikes

READ: ROMANS 5:1-5; 12:15

BOOM! A clap of thunder shook the rounded windows of Habitation Enclosure 150 in the Tuuli province of the planet Terra.

“That sounded awfully close,” said Lillah with a shiver. “I hate storms.”

“I know,” said Phlox, Lillah’s roommate and the area botanist. “It feels safer when we don’t have to see the lightning.”

“I wish it could just rain without all that thunder and lightning.” Lillah sighed.

“Well,” said Phlox, “did you know that when lightning hits the ground, it breaks down nutrients in the soil so plants can use them?”

Lillah smiled. “I think I’ve heard something about that, but it’s been years…And I know I’m not going to stop your inevitable botany lecture.”

Phlox laughed. “Well, I’ll spare you most of it. But, basically, lightning is important because it plays a part in helping plants grow.”

Lillah nodded. “Only the Creator could bring so much order out of so much chaos.”

“I agree,” said Phlox. “I’m glad the Creator is with us and we’re never alone. In actual storms or when things get chaotic in our own lives.” Phlox’s eyes sparkled with the beginnings of tears.

Lillah hugged her friend. “I know this year hasn’t been easy for you. Moving to Tuuli to watch over an underfunded community garden…after your dream job at the National Art Garden lost funding. That’s a big loss to grieve.”

A flash of lightning caused them both to wince.

“Thank you for grieving it with me.” Phlox wiped at the tears on her cheeks. “May the Creator use my life storm to give me the nutrients I need to grow in love.”

Lillah nodded. “And may He remind us that, even in chaos, His love holds us steady.” • A. W. Smith

• What are some life storms you or your friends are going through? Maybe you or someone you love is struggling with illness, or you feel like you’ve lost all your friends. Remember, because Jesus died and rose again for us, we’re never alone, no matter what storm comes our way. He’s right there with us, inviting us to talk to Him about all our problems and helping us grow. We can rest in His embrace as we look forward to the day He’ll return and make everything new.

…we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. Romans 5:3-4 (NIV)