The UK is not known for it’s frequent thunder storms. Last night, only minutes after we tucked our kids into bed, they came running into our room, worried about the thunder they were hearing outside. Wanting nothing more than to get some sleep, my first response was: “Don’t be silly, it’s only thunder,” but then I realised that this is not something that they are used to.
This Mamma is very used to the spectacular thunder storms of South Africa. I spent many years, snuggled in bed, listening to the mighty rumbling in the heavens as they opened over the city of Johannesburg. To me, it was a comforting sound. It is a sound that I miss almost as much as my family who still lives there. Thunderstorms feel like “home”.
However, my kids were not familiar or comfortable with the sound coming from the heavens last night; and I realised that “don’t be silly” was not going to help their trepidation. They needed a little more reassurance. So, my husband and I imparted some of our general knowledge and life experience, but it was the last comment I made that put them at ease:
“What about the lightning?” Zoe asked.
“Oh, it’s just the flashlight on God’s smartphone. He loves taking pictures of you!” I replied. That seemed to do the trick. We had a little giggle and everyone went back to bed as I reminded them to smile when they see the flashlight.
“The voice of the Lord echoes through the skies and seas.
The Glory-God reigns as he thunders in the clouds.
So powerful is his voice, so brilliant and bright,
how majestic as he thunders over the great waters!”
Psalm 29:3-4 TPT
With the kids back in their beds, attempting to get back to sleep, I started to think about Psalm 29 and the powerful picture it paints about the voice of God in our lives. I was thinking about the years I spent feeling afraid of His voice and scared that I would be consumed by God’s disappointment and anger.
Understanding God’s heart towards me changed the way I responded to His voice. I no longer hide from it, afraid and unsure of what I might encounter, because I am confident in His limitless love for me. I know that I am not only safe with Him, but when He speaks, it comforts me. Even when it feels like mighty thunder, I know His heart is to love, heal, deliver and restore me.
It kind of feels like we’re going through a bit of stormy weather in this uncertain season we are experiencing at the minute. All the shaking and thundering around us can make us want to hide under the bed, making us question the heart of God towards us. However, it is in this stormy season that we can be completely confident that we will find our safety and comfort in a God who loves us, deeply.
“This is the one who gives his strength and might to his people.
This is the Lord giving us his kiss of peace.”
Psalm 29:11 (TPT)
Dear friend, I pray that you know just how much you are loved by God. May you find a place of comfort, security and peace in His arms. May you discover the beauty and power of His voice. His Words over you can move any mountain that you are confronted with. Allow Him to tell you how He feels about you.
May the Lord give you His kiss of peace.
Today I hear the Father say: “Precious Child. How I long to hear your voice. I never get tired of your company. You always make me smile. You bring such joy to my heart. I do not want you to be intimidated by the uncertainties of life. Please don’t feel uncertain about my love for you either. You are safe with me. And you are always welcome here. Always.” ❤