When It Thunders

Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

            I knew it was going to be different weekend because on Thursday, Vicki had asked Harper if she wanted to have a sleep over with Memaw and Papa.  On Friday afternoon about 5:30 our world changed as Harper came to begin her sleep over.  Vicki fixed something for them to eat and then it was spend time playing games.  Harper is so smart that it is hard for Papa to ever win at anything with her.  I did win one game and I think Harper just let me win!

            When it came time for bed, Harper jumped up in the bed and played a little peek-a-boo with Papa.  After a time of giggling and hiding under the covers she got still.  I went over and found that she was asleep.  Step one was over.

            After I had gotten up on Saturday, I was startled by the thunder.  As I stepped into the kitchen, I heard Harper say something.  She told Vicki that she didn’t like the thunder.  She was fine after Papa told her that he would fix her some bacon, scrambled eggs and toast.

            After eating breakfast we finished getting dressed and ready for a trip to Wal-Mart.  I wasn’t sure I wanted to go, but Vicki said that she had a few things to get so I told her that I would go with her.  Then she said we were going to take Harper with us.  I think I saw a red flag come up about that time.  But I went anyway.

            When we got inside Vicki immediately headed in the direction of hair care items.  As she was looking at some of the items Harper saw some of the dolls across the aisle.  She grabbed my hand and took me on a journey.

            She found one doll and said, “Papa, this is what I want for my birthday!”  I just nodded my head.  Then she found another doll and said, “Oh, Papa, this doll is exactly what I want for my birthday!”  I told her that we would have to wait and see.

            About that time Vicki came by and said she was heading to another part of the store.  I told Harper we needed to go.  She looked at me and said, “Papa, I really need to look at the toys.  There may be something that I need and we can get it.”  I thought to myself there was going to be another shopper in the family for sure.

            After a short time of looking at the toys I was trying to figure out how I was going to get Harper to where Vicki was.  Then it happened.  We heard the thunder roll.  Harper looked at me and said, “Well, I guess we need to go see Memaw!”

            The thunder had changed her thoughts about looking at the toys, now she just wanted to find Memaw.  What had looked like a hopeless journey for me began to look brighter.  The thunder had increased her desire to see Memaw and move her away from the toys.

            After finding Memaw, Harper helped put the groceries in the basket.  Now she was intent on helping Memaw get what was needed to fix the meals that were coming.  Things were definitely improving and I found myself a little more at ease.

            As I thought about that, I realized that in our walk with God we many times do the things that Harper was doing.  We look around for the things that give us joy and our desire increases for those things.  We get caught up in the ‘fun’ things and move away from what God intends for us.

            Then it ‘thunders’.  Something happens that once again sparks our desire to be closer to where God is.  We ‘look’ for Him through prayer and Bible study.  Then we find Him, right where He has always been.  We turn the corner and find the peace of knowing God is near.

            He never moved away from us, we moved away from Him.  Peter stood beside the fire and was warm, but not where God wanted him to be.  He was close, but he had moved away.  It took the ‘thunder’ of the cross for him to say – “I need to see God!”

            When you look through Scripture, time and again, people were moving away from God, then something happened and they came back.  It might have been a whale, some walls falling down, healing a blind man or maybe a storm on the sea.

            God said to Joshua in 1:9 – “Have I not commanded you?  Be strong and courageous!  Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”  He is there even when it thunders.  When it ‘thunders’ in your life, don’t forget God is there.

JESUS, JESUS, JESUS, there IS something about that name!!

Christ only, always,

Bro. Paul