When I was a kid, my grandparents had one of these on top of their television.
The lava lamp turned 50 yesterday. According to this article the inventor originally named it the Astro Lamp when marketing it in England in 1963. Lava Lamp probably made more sense, though, as the 60s moved along and a generation of flower children started becoming consumers in a post space-age economy. Tune in, turn on, drop out, Baby! Got my Lava Lamp and tie-dyed shirt and granny glasses, and now life is outasite.
Electrified by God’s Light Show
We flew home night before last after a weekend of moving our daughter into her new apartment. The sky was covered with clouds and we had a few raindrops on the drive home from the airport. As my wife and I sat down to eat dinner in the gathering twilight, there was one little lightning flash way off in the distance and many seconds later I heard a faint rumble. Then there was another lightning flash, and the thunder rumbled a few seconds sooner.
More lightning soon came, with raindrops starting to fall. And then it poured and the lightning came bright and the thunder came loud and the storm passed directly overhead, until at one point the lightning and thunder came together – flash crash, flash crash!
After twenty minutes of intense rain and thunder and lightning, the storm passed along to the east. We couldn’t stop talking about how incredible it was. That type of power is truly remarkable in every sense of the word. Remarkable.
It reminds me of God’s comfort. Yes comfort.
When God delivered David from his enemies, David wrote:
In my distress I called to the Lord; I called out to my God. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came to his ears. The earth trembled and quaked, the foundations of the heavens shook … . He made darkness his canopy around him — the dark rain clouds of the sky. Out of the brightness of his presence bolts of lightning blazed forth. The Lord thundered from heaven; the voice of the Most High resounded. …
He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters. He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me. They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the Lord was my support. He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me. (2 Samuel 22:7-8, 12-14, 17-20.)
God brought David into “a spacious place”, a place of peace and not of turmoil. David saw God’s thunderous power and he took comfort in it because he knew that God delighted in him.
If you are in Christ, God delights in you also. You need never fear his power, but can instead take comfort in it just as David did. God is for you, and nothing will ever change that.
What comfort there is in the powerful majesty of God.
When has God’s power brought you comfort?