12 Aug Lightning Strikes
Lightning never strikes the same place twice…or so they say. The expression deals with both bad and good events. You may win the lottery, and someone could use that expression. You could also have a bolt of lightning hit…let’s say…your house…and someone might say that. Of course, they would be wrong.
Lightning certainly does strike the same place twice. In fact, if the target that was hit is an ideal spot—like a tall building—it is more likely to get hit repeatedly. The lightning strikes do not even have to be years apart. During a thunderstorm, the same spot can get hit twice in a matter of moments. When a thunderstorm comes, there is no way of knowing what lightning will do.
We had the misfortune of encountering some lightning on Saturday night. It is never good when your street shows up on the lightning tracker on Weather Channel. From what we can tell, lightning hit the streetlight next to our house. Pretty much anything with a circuit board got fried. It would probably be easier to list the things that were not destroyed than what were. Either way, we will be fine: no one was hurt and our house is fine.
It always gets people’s attention when lightning strikes happen around a preacher; it is kind of a running joke. Misfortune and pain come for us all, at times. These should not be value judgments about behavior, but they can be about more than luck.
We are beginning a new sermon series this Sunday called “Whisper” from the book of the same name by Pastor Mark Batterson from National Community Church in Washington D.C. I have affectionately described this series as learning the love languages of God. We begin this Sunday with the primary language God uses to speak to us: Scripture. The other languages are: desires, doors, dreams, people, promptings, and pain.
God uses all of these languages to communicate with us. Most of these languages seem fine to us, but pain gets our attention. It is not that God hurts us, but God can use those times of pain and suffering to get us back on track. This series will help us understand God in a new way and equip us to hear God clearly.
Does a lightning strike mean we should find a new neighborhood? Probably not. But God does speak to us in subtle ways, and we all could get better at understanding His voice. I am excited about this series, and I hope you can join us. See you at the movies!
Blessings to you,