…lightning and hail, snow and clouds, stormy winds that do his bidding… -Psalm 148:8 (NIV)

Lightning is a very powerful phenomenon in our world, instilling awe and fear and fascination in humankind for millennia.

It would be easy to think that lightning strikes are random, but very specific conditions drive why and where lightning strikes.

The number one condition that must be met, however, is that not a single bolt or chain or string of lightning ever takes place without God first allowing and directing its path.

Even lightning waits for God.

Before you strike…

God made such powerful forces as lightning…and He made you, too. And you are a powerful creation and force of God, best directed by Him for maximum effectiveness.

Perhaps you’re in the midst of a turbulent storm, charged up with anxious energy, just waiting to be discharged to your next destination…anxious to take the next step in your life.

But take heart that God is working out everything in His time for your best good. He has plans to prosper you and not to harm you, but you need to flourish in your current station first to His glory. He will make a way when there seems to be no way, as He has done over and over for His people.

But you have to dare to surrender. Surrender all: the dreams, desires, and even life He gave to you. Trust Him as did Abraham and Joseph, and He will fulfill your life and dreams manyfold, according to His will and timing.

Be bold and live and walk and talk in the truth. God wants you to be truly like Jesus, not a shrinking violet! The more you do this, the more aligned you will become with what God wants for your life…the more you will realize you weren’t walking quite the way He intended you to in the first place.

Pray persistently and without ceasing. Believe in that for which you pray. Trust in the One who is the Creator and Lord of all. As His saints and forefathers before us, we honor and glorify Him in choosing faith in Him and His plans over doubt and worry when there is no earthly reason to believe!

Hang in there. He is getting you charged up for a reason!

And just watch and see, my sibling in Christ, that God will take your God-given dreams and life and make them blossom like you could never imagine. It is then that God will tell his lightning bolt: It is time to strike!

Today’s soundtrack

Chris Tomlin’s “Indescribable” celebrates our God, who, among other things, tells every lightning bolt where it should go.