Good morning! We have some thunderstorms rolling through this morning, an unusual event for us; our thunderstorms mostly occur in the evening and mornings are clear. Reading in Revelation once more (yes, again!) I read about lightning and think about the symbolism. The throne in heaven is surrounded by lightning and thunder which may signify an impending storm. When the angel throws the coals from the altar down to earth John says that "lightning flashed and thunder crashed and there was a terrible earthquake." That may be literal or a sign of a great storm. The symbol of lightning is used often and not just in the Bible. It is one of the awesome forces of nature that we have no control over. We can reduce our risk by not running around in thunderstorms holding a copper pole aloft, or simply by staying inside a structure, but we cannot control the lightning. I suspect that if we truly understood the forces at work in God's creation that we would not think of the lightning as capricious or random. However, we do know that God is in control of each lightning strike, none will surprise him or catch him off guard.
Events in our lives are no different. They may seem random to us, but to God all was planned out long ago. You and I are saved through his great plan. We run the race to arrive at the place God has already planned for us. Is it not wonderful that God has created this entire universe that we might come to him at the appointed time? The thought of that kind of stretches the ol' mind a bit doesn't it? Today we can watch the lightning and hear the thunder, and then celebrate the glory of the Lord!
God bless you!