As I write this, I am sitting in my cabin at Indian Creek Camp where I am for ministers’ meetings and there is a thunderstorm raging outside. It is so strong that they announced over the PA system for everyone to go inside and find shelter because there is an alert out from the NOAA for it. Have you ever stopped to consider how powerful a storm like this really is? According to some of my research, lightning varies from 40 kV to 120 kV and carries from 5 kA to 200 kA. If you take an average of 100 kA and 100 kV, one bolt of lightning has enough electricity to give power to 56 homes for an entire day. Each bolt has a diameter of 1-2 inches and can heat the air around it to 70,000° F in a few milliseconds. Each clap of thunder can reach 120 dB which is about 10 times as loud as a jackhammer.

If a thunderstorm has so much power, have you ever stopped to think about how big our God is? David exclaims in Psalm 19, “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge” (Psalm 19:1, 2). In the power of a thunderstorm, in the beauty of a sunset, and in the fresh scent of an autumn breeze, we find the glory and handiwork of God. Do you stop and recognize the One who created it all and thank Him for His love? Or are you too busy living your life to pause for just a moment and thank the God who created you?

Glorifying our Creator,

Pastor Sutherland

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