Wednesday, April 25, 2007

A beauty in stormy sky and troubled water

A thunderstorm rolled in and this is the prelude to the rain... I tried to stay and capture a frame of lightning, but needless to say, it wasn't the safest place to photograph lightning! :-) Some sacrifices have to be made for the blog, but getting stuck in lightning just isn't one, lol. The thing I like about this pic is its captured suspense: sky, air, water, muted lighting... all convey suspense, a kind of beauty in unfolding storm!


Jordyne said...

I love that time right before the sky is about to break loose. Okay, im gonna go Kinda like those times when our lives are about to break loose. Its scary because you don't wanna get struck by lightning but the beauty in it is evident. God in the troubled waters. God in the lightning. God in the blackness around us.

Loy said...

That's just it, Jordyne! you've hit on the central metaphor: It's the beauty of the sovereign God that gives the storm its meaning. And, it's the freedom and power of God that thrills us and frightens us at the same time: the moment is beautiful for its Godlikeness and yet frightening for its loss of control.

Perhaps this is why humans don't want to get too close to God? We can't control God any more than we can control the lightning...

C.S. Lewis puts it in enduring phrase: "Aslan is good but He isn't safe..."

Today's lectionary just happens to contain this reading from Psalm 148:

Praise the Lord from the heavens;
praise Him in the heights.
Praise Him, all you angels of His;
praise Him, all His host.
Praise Him, sun and moon;
praise Him, all you shining stars.
Praise Him, heaven of heavens,
and you waters above the heavens.
Let them praise the name of the Lord;
for He commanded and they were created.
He made them stand fast for ever and ever;
He gave them a law which shall not pass away.
Praise the Lord from the earth,
you sea-monsters and all deeps;
Fire and hail, snow and fog,
tempestuous wind, doing His will...!

I'm always amazed at this psalm placing the depths, the fire [lightning] and hail, the snow, wind and rain, as servants of God, literally 'performing His command.'

Calvin said that not a drop of rain falls but by the will of God. Therefore we can trust God even in the darkness, even in the rain!

As you state so well:

God in the troubled waters.
God in the lightning.
God in the blackness around us.