This has been a summer of the most amazing thundercloud formations. On more than one occasion, you would have found Derek and I standing outside, slack-jawed, marveling at the sky. (Often lingering so long we had to scurry inside through the rain that began pouring down!)
The front comes rolling in. Many powerful, Iowa thunderstorms have a bank of clouds pushed along the out edge by high winds. It creates an amazing spectacle. And a degree of foreboding.
It gets so still. Only distant thunder rumbles and a capricious breeze stirs the grass.
When the wall cloud moves overhead, all at once the winds escalate and bring sheets of rain pouring down. It so powerful and dramatic. I love how God’s power is reflected in how He made Iowa weather.
The failing sunlight must have been streaming through the thunderheads above us. It cast this pillar of light shooting off into the east. I’d never seen anything like it.
To the south, the sunset lit up the thunderheads.
Praise the Lord from the earth, you great sea creatures and all deeps, fire and hail, snow and mist, stormy wind fulfilling his word! (Psalm 148:7-8)
The majesty displayed in the sky was so incredible! It was hard to decide which way to turn our heads; I just wanted to stare at it all at once! At the end of it all, this last show of glory before the close of the day.
Let the heavens praise your wonders, O Lord,
your faithfulness in the assembly of the holy ones!
For who in the skies can be compared to the Lord?
Who among the heavenly beings is like the Lord,
a God greatly to be feared in the council of the holy ones,
and awesome above all who are around him?
O Lord God of hosts,
who is mighty as you are, O Lord,
with your faithfulness all around you?