In The Rumble Of The Thunder

On Friday afternoon, a wild and woolly storm broke loose. The lightning was so bright and the thunder rumbled loudly enough to rattle the window frames. I knew it was bad because my Bailey dog wouldn't go outside with me, and she's my storm watcher.

And then the rain fell.

It didn't just fall, it cascaded. The clouds let go and we were enveloped in a desperately-needed downpour. The drops were so close together that they blocked out the view to the other side of the street. It was the best afternoon I've had in ages!

And all the while, the thunder boomed.

The voice of thy thunder was in the heaven: the lightnings lightened the world: the earth trembled and shook. Psalm 77:18

God's voice is often described in Scripture as rolling thunder. There is such power in it that you can feel it clear through to your core. The Lord is constantly speaking to us, and we have to take the time to listen. Sometimes He can be that still small voice, but other times He has to get through our thick skulls with His thunder.

Then on Sunday afternoon, right at the time we were all headed back for evening services, the rumble of thunder was in the distance again. As I drove the 20 minutes from our house to the church, the rain started. It got harder and louder as I drove straight into the storm. Cars were stopped all along the sides of the highway because there was next to no visibility. By the time I pulled into the parking lot, the car was rocking back and forth from the rain and rattling from the thunder.

When he uttereth his voice, there is a multitude of waters in the heavens, and he causeth the vapours to ascend from the ends of the earth; he maketh lightnings with rain, and bringeth forth the wind out of his treasures. Jeremiah 10:13

I absolutely adore rain, and this thunderstorm was no different. (Although it would have better if I'd been inside watching it and not driving 12 miles in it.) When you're in a vehicle in the rain, you can't hear anything but the storm. The thunder gets amplified and the showers drown out the world around you.

If only we could jump in the car in a storm every time we needed to hear from God. Then everything around us would be blocked out and we could truly listen and focus. The thunder of God's voice has to cut through all the junk in our heads, so it has to rattle us on occasion.

So enjoy the next storm: relax and listen to the thunder for the leadership of the Lord.


  1. Hi, Laura! I love the rain, also (except when it gets into our basement!) Especially in the summer, when the brightness of the sun can almost get draining, the change is a relief! I love the thought that we can hear God's voice in the thunder! Thanks so much for this post!


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