When Lightning Strikes Your Day

Pastor Drew recently told a summer story about avidly watching a thunderstorm roll in at the beach. Key word: avidly.

I thought, He’s crazy. (I’m not a fan of thunderstorms, powerful winds, hail, or anything else along those lines.)

He said his family stayed on the beach as long as possible to watch the storm. Then they moved to the porch of their rented beach house and continued to watch as the storm passed over them and went off to sea. At the height of the storm, they watched for the lightning, anticipated the thunder, and then cheered for every house-shaking “boom.”

Wait, why was this fun?


Then he shared that when he sees the lightning, he sees the power of God. Storms remind him that God is God and he is not. Storms are a reminder to worship.

I got it. So many things in nature, through their beauty or power or both, can be awesome reminders that God is God and we are not. If we’re paying attention, they are reminders to worship.

Then that Monday at about 11:30am, I saw a different kind of lightning. The kind that zig-zags across my field of vision and warns me that a particularly bad migraine headache is on the way. (For those of you blessed enough not to know what I’m talking about, it’s called a “migraine aura.”)

I met those particular lightning bolts with pure frustration. But I was going to do this and that and the other thing! I don’t have time to lay on the couch of the next two days with the lights off! Who’s going to take care of the kids? Who’s going to drive Spencer to his doctor’s appointment tomorrow?

The lightning bolts kept flashing, and I knew the headache was coming despite all of my reasons why this wasn’t a good time. And suddenly those lightning bolts were a reminder:


God is God and I am not.


OK, the world will still turn if I shut off all the lights, cancel my appointments, let the kids play video games all day, and accomplish nothing. God is in charge here, and if He’s giving the OK for the blood vessels in my brain to revolt, maybe I should, too.

I turned to my to-do list and started starring the things that Absolutely Had to Happen Today. (If you’ve read Organizing You, you know what I’m talking about!) Do you know how many there were?

Two. Help my oldest son mold his new mouth guard before Tae Kwon Do practice, and feed our guinea pig.

Yup, that was it. Apparently, God had things under control.

It took me a moment to get my heart there, but those lightning bolts were a reminder to worship, just as real ones are as they streak through the skies. A reminder that God is God, and I am so very thankful I don’t have to apply for the job.


As the heavens are higher than the earth,

so are my ways higher than your ways

and my thoughts than your thoughts.

-Isaiah 55:9


Lies to Fight: This isn’t what I planned! My day is ruined! Why is this happening?

Thought Shot:

God is God and I am not. His ways are higher than mine. He is worthy of worship and praise.



We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

2 Corinthians 10:5


What’s disrupted or destroyed your carefully made plans? What’s your reminder to worship today?

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