Aug 22, 2011

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Lightning Bolts

Lightning Bolts

 

Lightning Bolts

During my walk with God, one of the human-thought-process traps I first fell into early on (and still fall into) was treating the person of God like a magician. What I mean by this is that I would pray for something and expected God to answer in a very short timeframe, almost immediately, and in some undeniable way. I expected “lightning bolts”. For example, I would pray things like “God, I want to see a woman in a polka-dotted sweater so I know that you’re there.” (I know it’s weird but I couldn’t think of anything else that could stand out). Chalk it up to naïveté, impatience, or even anger and frustration, I wanted lightning bolts ALL the time but I almost never got them. Come to think of it, I can only think of one instance where I got lightning bolts, but that’s a story for another time. Anyway, reflecting back on my Walk with Christ I can now see that instead of lightning bolts, most of the time what I really got was that slow rolling thunder that didn’t necessarily accompany the bright flashes in the sky. It was the kind of thunder that imperceptibly begins by whispering to the air and then bellows to a rumbling that can shake the foundations of your house.

I believe my Christ-walk can best be described by something Paul said in Acts 26:29: “I pray to God that whether in a short or a long time not only you but also those who are listening to me today could become such as I am, except for these chains.”. For you, it could very well be a short time that you come to God. But in my personal experience, it’s taken a “long time” and I feel like God has walked patiently with me to a point where I can trust Him with something, no matter how long it takes or what the outcome is. It truly is a blessing to have that attitude and that trust. Mind you I still fall into old habits and patterns of thinking of expecting lightning, but less so these days.

If you are beginning your walk with Christ I encourage you to be patient, stop looking for the lightning and listen for the rumble that will shake you to your core.

  1. Wow Johnny, thanks for sharing. I too sometimes expect lightning bolts, and sometimes I get them, but most of the time, like you said, God works on his own schedule.

    This is website is a direct result of you reaching out to me and inviting me to be your friend. Thanks You, you don't realize the effect that you have on people.

    Can't wait to hear about the time when you did see Lightning!

  2. I too have taken some time to draw close to God. The first 10 years after saying "the Prayer", were really fruitless from a spiritual standpoint. Sure, I tried to clean myself up some, but I wasn't striving to be more like Christ and not really faithfully waiting for His direction. Like a crock pot – God has molded me over time and I'm so thankful for His love and patience. Bring on the Thunder!

  3. Amen brother. 1 Kings 19. Read it. God is where you least expect him. Everywhere.

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