Published on February 13th, 2017 | by Guy0
I was taking an evening stroll with our new puppy, and as I was walking back towards the house, I noticed that there was some really beautiful heat lightning going past our house…but it looked like it was going on over our house. The beauty of God’s fireworks caused me to reminisce about watching heat lightning when I was a child. Where I grew up, it was so flat that we could see for miles and miles. Because we could see so far, we could watch heat lightning nearly every night. It was great fun to watch, and it seemed very peaceful at times.
When I grew up, I learned that there was no such thing as heat lightning! Up until that time, I had always been told by family and so thought that what we were watching in the distance was a phenomenon that was caused by the high heat of Summer.
Really what we were watching was a thunderstorm that was so far away that we could not hear the thunder or feel the wind or rain. And what we saw as a peaceful fireworks show was a dangerous, terrifying thunderstorm that someone somewhere was struggling in the midst of.
Life is like that, isn’t it? Where we are at currently is calm and peaceful, but someone not far from us is struggling with life’s storms. They are in the middle of the storm. Chaos is taking place all around them, they may be hiding in their basement or huddled in mom and dad’s room terrified of the flashes and the rumbles.
God wants us to help those in the middle of the storms, but it is difficult to notice that someone is in the middle of possibly the greatest storm of their life, when we are disconnected from where they are, and everything is peaceful and calm in our life.
Be ready to help when storms hit other people, even if it just to help by praying.
Paul told the Galatian Christians not to get tired of helping others. He continues; saying that we will be rewarded when the time is right if we don’t give up! (Galatians 6:9)
Paul told the Philippians that we should value others above ourselves (Philippians 2:3) and that we should let our gentleness be evident to all (Philippians 4:5)
God also said that we should never pass by someone in need because we may be the hand of God to them (Proverbs 3:27)
People we know may be in the midst of a terrible storm…let’s do what we can to help!