I was sitting on my patio deck enjoying a sunny, warm day. The clear sky and gentle breeze had lulled me into a ‘semi-conscious’ state. A sudden flash of lightening and a clap of thunder jarred me to attention. Scurrying for shelter, I remembered the morning weathercast – “There is a possibility of a pop-up thunderstorm.” And here it was!
Safe inside, a quick internet search about pop-up storms revealed the following: High humidity, in conjunction with warm temperatures, creates massive amounts of warm, moist air rising into the atmosphere, where it can easily form a thunderstorm. These disorganized, individual thunderstorm cells are single-cell thunderstorms. The reason they often appear random is because we don’t have the capability of predicting exactly where and when local conditions are just right for storm initiation.
Later, while reflecting on the event, the thought came to me that types of pop-up storms not only occur in the world of weather, but also have parallels in other areas of life. The rhythm of everyday life can sometimes dull our senses to an impending psychological, physical, or emotional storm. Suddenly, a storm can roll into our lives. Scripture has provided us with a ‘weather forecast’ – or, should I say, a ‘life forecast’. Jesus said, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33, NIV).
While these random, pop-up storms of life may take us by surprise, they need not overwhelm us. Scripture and reasoned thought, validated by observation, lead us to understand that in this life “you will have trouble.” With this awareness, we should prepare for the unexpected. “Sensible people will see trouble coming and avoid it, but an unthinking person will walk right into it and regret it later” (Proverbs 22:3, GNT).
God’s word promises us that we can have peace in the face of life’s uncertainties. Walking daily with Jesus, spending time in God’s word, and maintaining a consistent prayer life will prepare us for the surprise of pop-up events.
Blessed Assurance: “For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39, NIV).
~ Brother Roy