I was at a cabin, working on my next book project when outside, I heard what sounded to me like thunder. I thought that was strange since it wasn’t in the forecast.
I continued working but soon, I heard it again. The sound thundered loudly to a point that it shook the windows of the cabin. So I went outside and looked around and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. It was clear.
As I looked across the lake, I watched a flock of birds suddenly fly off of the ice followed by the thunder sound. I couldn’t figure it out. Then, it happened again. It was then that I realized the thundering sound was the cracking of the ice that happens as the temperature changed. It expands and contracts which causes the “thunder.” Right at my feet, the ice-thundering erupted and spread across the entire lake. The ground on which I stood shook and I felt very powerless and very small.
It reminded me of when God had a conversation with Job. Job was questioning God about his life and why he was experiencing loss and struggle. God responds to Job and says, “Job, were you there when I sent the foundations of the world in place? Were you there when I started the cosmos or when I created the very environments in which you walk?” At that moment, I felt like Job.
Sometimes I think too big of myself. Sometimes I want to completely control my life and that I have the power to do so. But then I realize that ultimately, power and strength comes only from God.
The Bible says that the earth is the Lords everything in it. He created the sky. He created the mountains. He created the ice that operates on the surface of the lake and causes the ground to shake.
The next time I try to control everything in my life, I’ll remember the lesson of the lake.