Who has cut a channel for the torrents of rain and a way for the thunderbolt?

After the fire before the rain
New growth after the rain

Last Thursday we experienced one of the biggest rain, thunder and hail storms in my memory. The skies darkened, thick ominous looking clouds rolled and gathered on the horizon, thunder rumbled in the distance and lightning lightened the sky in spectacular fashion.  I rushed home as I didn’t want to be caught in the storm and barely made it into the house before the storm burst forth in all its fury.

In the midst of thunder and lightning the wind blew and rain came down in torrents. Then came the hail, making an awesome noise on the roof as it pelted down and gathered in white piles against the house and in the garden.

The storm  was both majestic and awesome in its fury and reminded me of the following verse:

Job 38 : 25-27 “Who has cut a channel for the torrents of rain, and a way for the thunderbolt, to bring rain on a land where no one lives, on the desert, which is empty of human life, to satisfy the waste and desolate land, and to make the ground put forth grass?”

And then the ground did indeed put forth grass. Within days the burnt black veld which has been lying in wait for the much needed rain brought forth tender green shoots and I could go out with my camera to capture it.

Tender new grass
The ground put forth grass

So often while we are in the midst of the storms of life we forget who is in control of every minute of our lives and that He will always cause the sun to shine again and new green grass to sprout forth after life giving rain. So let us keep our eyes firmly fixed on Him who is the giver of all life.