The day that Pope Benedict resigned, lightening struck the Vatican’s most holy building, not once but twice. Was this a chance happening? Here is a picture and a video that someone recorded.
When I was in grade school, I was taught that you could never know where the lightening would strike. I was taught that an electrical charge created by the environment of a storm would discharge its power at random. So I was taught to take shelter and wait for the storm to pass. Now that is good advise, and I have lived by that advise.
Not knowing where the lightning will strike, was brought into focus and made popular in the 80’s movie BACK TO THE FUTURE, when the characters needed the power of a lightening bolt to energize the time machine that would take Michael J. Fox back to the future. They needed the power, but did not know when and where a lightning bolt would strike. Not until Michael J. Fox, the boy from the future, showed the mad scientist a flyer telling the exact time and place that lightning would strike; the clock tower in the city square. He just happened to have a prophetic flyer with him, and I think you know the rest of the story.
Of course, while as a human I can not know where the lightning will strike, there is someone who does… GOD! This is what God said as he was revealing himself to his beloved Job.
“Who hath cleft a channel for the waterflood, Or the way for the lightning of the thunder; To cause it to rain on a land where no man is; On the wilderness, wherein there is no man; To satisfy the waste and desolate ground, And to cause the tender grass to spring forth?” (Job 38:25-27 ASV)
God knows where the lightning will strike and makes the channel for it. In fact, he refers to the creation through much of his talk with Job as his own servant. He releases the lightening for his purpose. Now, this is different than what I was taught. The following YouTube shows lightning strikes in slow motion.
I have a friend who was struck with lightning twice. And Yes, he is still alive, and can at times still feel the power of God’s lightning flowing through him. In this recording, you can see the feelers from the ground reaching up toward the heavens, as if they are raising their hands for attention, and asking to be hit. There is something in all of us that wants proof positive of God’s power and magnificent glory.
All of that to say, God does have complete control of the weather and the lightning, and knows who or what gets struck. So, when the Vatican gets hit twice, what is he saying? It is a sign from God that he still holds all authority in his hand, and that he is the one who sets up authority and sets those in authority down for his purposes. Although I am not a Catholic, and don’t plan to be, God still establishes all the authority in the earth. (Romans 13) Since two is the number of witness, I believe that God witnessed the happenings in the Vatican, and brought about the change he wanted for his purpose in this time on earth. It will be interesting to watch as God’s purpose is witnessed by all of the inhabitants of the earth.
Take hope today! God is in charge, and he is big enough to know right where you are and why he put you there. Seek him. He is speaking through everything, and especially the lightning!
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