It’s a rarity in Texas. Thunder snow. In the wee hours of the morning the skies rumbled and window panes vibrated. We are used to thunderstorms barreling down from the Plains. You roll over, squint your eyes to avoid the lightening blasts from penetrating them and go back to sleep. There will be plenty of time in the morning to assess the damage, if any.
But as the sun rose, the ground was covered in snow-ice. It was 27 degrees, so the rain had turned into snowy crystals gleaming in the pre-dawn. Rooftops which were once dirty gray were now pristine white. The dead, brown winter grass became sprinkled with diamond-like glitter. What a phenomenon of our Creator God!
Okay, you northerners can stop ho-humming or laughing now – this was a special event for us Texans who rarely see snow at all. Allow me a moment of clapping-hands giddiness. (Besides it is helping to keep them warm- brrrr.)
So why do I bring this event up in this blog? There is a God-angle here. In the storms of our lives He can transform the outcome and make it into something beautiful, pristine and the stuff poets and artists crave as fodder for their creativity. Our LORD can take the ordinary and turn it into an extraordinary event. Like the roofs of my apartment complex, He can cover the dirtiness in white radiance, and all the while provide it a good washing underneath.
If thunder is rumbling in your life right now and a storm is brewing- take heart. The outcome, once placed in God’s hands, maybe be different than you expected. Even if it is tornadic or torrential floods occur, God will bring good out of evil and healing out of the damage. But sometimes, He brings beauty- like a rainbow or a dusting of white on a winter-worn landscape.