Early this morning, I saw a sliver of light coming from my window; it looked like light shining through a jewel. The light glimmered across the wall, and I laid there in wonder of what it could be. Curiosity transitioned quickly transitioned to fear as the light became brighter. When I gazed out the window, I saw nothing but the streetlight. I laid back down. Minutes went by and I could see the faint lights again, but then I heard it: thunder.
I’m not sure if it scared me more to wonder what it could be or to know that it was a thunderstorm quickly approaching. Years before, I had been outside when straight-line winds ripped through the neighborhood, and I have been afraid of the power of nature ever since. I can still remember the look of wonder on my dad’s face as he fixed his eyes on the constant flashing of lightning in the clouds, leaving his mouth agape. It was then that I realized that everything I took for granted could be taken from me for no reason, even here in good old Michigan.
This morning was different though. I remembered what Ben had said on Sunday in our small group as we focused on Psalms 29. In biblical times, Ba’al was believed to have ruled over the oceans. He was (for the most part) believed to be the most powerful God, and that is why it is so important when David writes. “The voice of the LORD is over the waters; The God of glory thunders; The LORD is over many waters.” (Ps. 29:3 NKJV). In saying this, David said that God is greater than the greatest pagan gods and the chaos of this world.
It reminds me of the disciples in the boat as they crossed the Sea of Galilee. The disciples were afraid while Jesus slept. They feared for their lives. When Jesus was awaken, all he needed to do was calmly say, "Peace, be still."
I can't help but think these stories are reflective of our inner turmoils as well. Even Christians fall into the mindset that the earthly powers that afflict our bodies and minds rule over us. Yes, they may have power over us, but God has the ultimate power over all; we just so often forget to ask for His help.
And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. 29 Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. 30 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.