Nahum 1:3 tells us, ” . . . the Lord has His way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of His feet.”
Drought. All through the long, hot summer of 2012, we needed rain. As the temperatures soared and the skies remained clear and cloudless, anxiety rose. Everywhere, people talked about the lack of rain and how hot it was. Eventually, the general conversation turned to the need for a storm to relieve our historic dry spell.
Storm. I love a good rain storm. Thunder and lightning add to the drama of pounding, slashing rain. I love the smell of the air afterward, washed clean, fresh. Almost new. If we haven’t had a storm for a while, I begin wishing for one to brew. I scan the western horizon (the direction from which most storms arrive in our area) for clouds. If I see some, I check to see if they pile up tall, signalling an approaching squall.
Release. I’ve been cured of wanting anything severe. Suffering through the aftermath of a large tornado a few years ago was enough to accomplish that. But it does seem as if a strong thunderstorm relieves pent-up stress both in the air and inside me. The violence of wind and maybe even small hail, the jolt of thunder from a jagged lighting bolt, all give release to a charged atmosphere.
Change. I think a storm is God’s way of pressing the “re-set” button. Nahum was speaking of sin when he penned his words, and in this sense, a storm is a corrective event of some kind. Those “storms” come in order to change behavior and grab a person’s attention away from wrong things and back to God, in the same manner that a rain storm grabs our attention and corrects an imbalance in the air.
Daily Re-Set. We need God’s finger on our “re-set” buttons. Only He can restore proper balance and focus. We don’t have to fear a storm won’t come when we need it! He sends them with the right frequency and intensity. But sometimes we get caught up in our “to-do” lists and deadlines and need a refreshing change. A walk outside changes the atmosphere. We go from climate-control to whatever the weather is that day. Just this simple act can help God “re-set” our minds into the right focus.
If your stress level is high, or you don’t know which project to tackle first, or you just need respite from mounting anxiety, step outside. Make a conscious request for God to re-set your attitude. Let’s do it together.