Monday, 09 December 2019

M Michele's Musings

Lightning Scare

Lightning Scare

The other day my husband, Tim and I went outside in the late afternoon to walk our dog, Hannah and her puppy, Rocky.   When we walked outside we could tell that a storm was on its way.  Cloud cover helped the sweltering heat and we could feel a nice cool breeze blowing.  As we lingered, the sky changed swiftly to a dark greyish-blueand there was a golden haze that brightened every imaginable color in our view.  Every shade of green in the trees was exquisitely vibrant.  The scene, though beautiful, was becoming more ominousas lightning flashed and thunder rumbled in the distance.As we were about to return to the house, a very close flash of lightning and a loud clap of thunder caused us to almost jump out of our skins.  Tim screamed, “RUN!” and started a mad dash to the house almost running me over in the process.  I was ready to bolt with himwhen I remembered our dogs.  Poor Rocky had almost flattened himself on the ground; all four legs were sprawled out and askew at the sound of the loud crackling boom of thunder.  I didn’t see Hannah’s reaction but she was right behind Tim making a bee line to the house. I was scooping Rocky up when Tim came back; he grabbed my armandquickly drug me to safety.

When we got inside the house safely, I could not control my laughter.  I laughed until my sides hurt.  It was so funny reliving the whole scene and Tim’s reaction.  I knew Tim was afraid of lightning but I didn’t know just how deep that fear ran until that fateful evening.  Just before we ventured out with the dogs he told me how much he loved me. Now, I was in giggles, teasing him, “Yes, you love me, except in a thunderstorm!”  He reminded me that he didtake off but came back when he realized I wasn’t following.  Indeed he did!Perhaps that is true love, overcoming one’s greatest fear to come to another’s rescue. 

Though I teased Tim about the incident, he did the right thing; running for safety is the right thing to do when lightning strikes nearby.  Thankfully, we were all safe that day and could laugh about it afterwards.   We all know that staying out in a thunderstorm is not safe.  Lightning is deadly.  Let’s face it, besides lightning, there are a lot of things in life that every one of us should have a healthy fear of and run from.  When we are children and teenagers we are taught to “run” or at least beware of strangers, bad influences such as friends, music or movies, cigarettes, alcohol, drugs and the list goes on and on.  Of course, we don’t always listen and sometimes thepaths we take lead us down “stormy, thunderous and lightning” filled roads. Like lightning flashes and thunder rumbling in the distance are an early warning for a storm so are rules and regulations set before us to help us safely navigate life with as little mishap as possible.

The Bible admonishes us to run from or flee sin (the wages of sin is death Romans 6:23).  “Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the LORD out of a pure heart.” 2 Timothy 2:22 “Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body.” 1 Corinthians 6:18 We should also flee from idolatry which is extreme reverence, love or admiration for something or someone (other than God), “My beloved, flee from idolatry.” 1 Corinthians 10:14bIdolatry can lead us down unwelcome paths and the Bible is very clear that, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind.” Luke 10:27aThe Bible has many encouragements and promises regarding running, fleeing and resisting sin, idolatry and evil influences in our lives. “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” 1 Corinthians 10:13 We are admonished to, “Submit ourselves, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” James 4:7 “But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness.”  1 Timothy 6:11

When fleeing the lightning Tim ran straight for the house, a place of safety.  And just as Tim ran for a place of safety, we should always be aware that God is our place of safety.  “For in the day of trouble He will conceal me in His tabernacle; In the secret place of His tent He will hide me; He will lift me up on a rock.”  Psalm 27:5 We can run to God in prayer at any given moment and He will answer. “Call unto me, and I will answer you.” Jerimiah 33:3a  His arms are always wide open to receive us and give us just what we need including strength to withstand temptations and sin. 1 Corinthians 10:13 And just as Tim ran back to grab my hand and pull me to safety; Jesus is always ready to rescue us from the simplest tothe most dire of circumstances.  “The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed, and will bring me safely to His heavenly kingdom.” 2 Timothy 4:18a

The most profound act of all in this tale is when Tim stopped mid-run, turned around and came back for me.  He did this despite his overwhelming fear of lightning.  A selfless act and one motivated by love for me.  This reminded me of the fact that God’s love for us is immense.  Hesacrificed even more when He sent His son, Jesus Christ, to lay down His life and give the ultimate sacrifice for you and me, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 God has rescuedus throughJesus’ selfless act on the cross, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.” Romans 3:23-26 God’s gift of salvation is free to everyone who will but accept it.  So, trust, put your hand in His and let Him lead you into the safety of His care.And, don’t forget, be smart, run to safety when you hearthunder and see lightning!

 Love in Christ, Michele

Columnist: Michele's Musings

Picture Michele Abshire is a housewife, mother, grandmother, and full time legal assistant. She has been published in Lake Charles, Louisiana publications, Christian Star Newspaper and Gumbeaux Magazine.  

Michele began writing notes of encouragement to people God put on her heart which led her in the direction of writing short encouraging stories, letters, essays and analogies.  This quickly became a ministry for her.  

Michele's vision is to reach people with encouraging messages that will lift their heart and bring joy for sorrow and hope for discouragement. Michele enjoys your feedback so leave a comment in the form at the bottom of the page or email her at  micheles.musings@gmail.com

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