Shut up thunder!

Last night we had not one, but two loud thunderstorms back to back, and I couldn’t help thinking of the story from Matthew where Jesus “rebuked” the storm. There’s a lot of things I like about that story. First of all, they had to wake him up! Jesus was such a deep sleeper that he was sleeping through the thing that had everyone else scared – much like my children. They slept through both storms! Secondly, I like the way Jesus reacted with shock and surprise that his disciples were afraid when he was there. Uh, hello? How many miracles have you seen me do by now??? And then thirdly I like that at the end they still didn’t get it. They said “(w)hat sort of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him?” I think maybe the key here is that both Jesus and my children slept through the storm. That’s why Jesus said that we can’t enter the Kingdom of Heaven unless we become like children. So, the next time there’s a storm in the middle of the night I’m rolling over and saying, “Shut up thunder,” right before I fall back to sleep. Then all that we will have to do is train our puppy to do the same thing. Thank you for reading my 82nd blog.

Mark Inglis

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