It was a dark and stormy night. That’s not so unusual as we tend to have a few of those from time to time here in the Midwest, but how I got to experience it was a little different. Normally, I semi-sleep through most storms, occasionally awakened by a few flashes of lightening, but with only three small windows carefully covered with shades, and on the ground floor next to several trees – the view is limited.
But, recently I was staying at a lakefront condominium. The master bedroom is on the second floor with this giant window the size of the entire wall (with no shade) overlooking the lake. The five hour long symphony of both light and sound kept me engaged the whole nightlong. Imagine a giant strobe light and crazed drummer trying to outdo one another, and you get a taste of the evening. At least I was not out in a tent or out in the elements, like the people were at Mount Sinai.
Do you remember that scene from the Ten Commandments, when Charlton Heston is brought out to meet God? I can promise you nothing from Hollywood could recreate the scene of God coming down on the mountain and the fear it struck in the hearts of the people.
Exodus 20:18 reads, “Now when all the people saw the thunder and the flashes of lightning and the sound of the trumpet and the mountain smoking, the people were afraid and trembled, and they stood far off and said to Moses, ‘You speak to us, and we will listen; but do not let God speak to us, lest we die.’ ”
I know that Jesus is a friend of mine, but we should never disregard God’s awesome power and His holiness. I think I caught a glimpse of it the other night, next time I will make sure I can pull the blinds.
“Now when all the people saw the thunder and the flashes of lightning and the sound of the trumpet and the mountain smoking, the people were afraid and trembled, and they stood afar off.”
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®)
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