Storms, Grasshoppers, Shells and the Power of God

Here are a couple of pictures from the last couple of weeks. They all remind me of the power of God in different ways. The first picture is of a storm that was coming down our street. There was a huge hole in the dark clouds with a bright cumulo-nimbus cloud rising above it into the light from the sunset.

Storm on 5th Avenue

This picture is from Sanabel Island, Florida. This pile of shells is a couple of feet deep and stretches as far as the eye can see.

Sanibel Shells

Last, this huge grasshopper decided the clothespin on our mailbox was a nice place to perch.

Job 38:1ff

1 Then the LORD answered Job out of the storm. He said:

2 “Who is this that darkens my counsel
with words without knowledge?

3 Brace yourself like a man;
I will question you,
and you shall answer me.

4 “Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation?
Tell me, if you understand.

5 Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know!
Who stretched a measuring line across it?

6 On what were its footings set,
or who laid its cornerstone-

7 while the morning stars sang together
and all the angels [a] shouted for joy?

8 “Who shut up the sea behind doors
when it burst forth from the womb,

9 when I made the clouds its garment
and wrapped it in thick darkness,

10 when I fixed limits for it
and set its doors and bars in place,

11 when I said, ‘This far you may come and no farther;
here is where your proud waves halt’?

12 “Have you ever given orders to the morning,
or shown the dawn its place,

13 that it might take the earth by the edges
and shake the wicked out of it?

14 The earth takes shape like clay under a seal;
its features stand out like those of a garment.

15 The wicked are denied their light,
and their upraised arm is broken.

16 “Have you journeyed to the springs of the sea
or walked in the recesses of the deep?

17 Have the gates of death been shown to you?
Have you seen the gates of the shadow of death [b] ?

18 Have you comprehended the vast expanses of the earth?
Tell me, if you know all this.

19 “What is the way to the abode of light?
And where does darkness reside?

20 Can you take them to their places?
Do you know the paths to their dwellings?

21 Surely you know, for you were already born!
You have lived so many years!

22 “Have you entered the storehouses of the snow
or seen the storehouses of the hail,

23 which I reserve for times of trouble,
for days of war and battle?

24 What is the way to the place where the lightning is dispersed,
or the place where the east winds are scattered over the earth?

25 Who cuts a channel for the torrents of rain,
and a path for the thunderstorm,

26 to water a land where no man lives,
a desert with no one in it,

27 to satisfy a desolate wasteland
and make it sprout with grass?

28 Does the rain have a father?
Who fathers the drops of dew?

29 From whose womb comes the ice?
Who gives birth to the frost from the heavens

30 when the waters become hard as stone,
when the surface of the deep is frozen?

31 “Can you bind the beautiful [c] Pleiades?
Can you loose the cords of Orion?

32 Can you bring forth the constellations in their seasons [d]
or lead out the Bear [e] with its cubs?

33 Do you know the laws of the heavens?
Can you set up God’s [f] dominion over the earth?

34 “Can you raise your voice to the clouds
and cover yourself with a flood of water?

35 Do you send the lightning bolts on their way?
Do they report to you, ‘Here we are’?

36 Who endowed the heart [g] with wisdom
or gave understanding to the mind [h] ?

37 Who has the wisdom to count the clouds?
Who can tip over the water jars of the heavens

38 when the dust becomes hard
and the clods of earth stick together?

39 “Do you hunt the prey for the lioness
and satisfy the hunger of the lions

40 when they crouch in their dens
or lie in wait in a thicket?

41 Who provides food for the raven
when its young cry out to God
and wander about for lack of food?

For more see here for the next two chapters of Job that illustrate the power of God.

0 Responses to Storms, Grasshoppers, Shells and the Power of God

  1. Bob says:

    We have BIG grasshoppers here in Florida, don’t we. We found a dead rhino beetle in our flower bed. It was HUGE! I really the skies in Florida during the summertime. The clouds are absolutely amazing. Plus the sky is SO blue. Some mighty good things to like about Florida.

  2. Donna says:

    The grasshopper is actually beautiful and intricate….but it still gives me the hibby-jibbies….

  3. Beautiful photos of God’s handiwork!

  4. Trey Morgan says:

    Love the pictures. Blessings.

  5. mattdabbs says:

    Bob, if only we could get some rain!

    Donna, you would probably be glad I didn’t use the other picture of me picking him up.

    Tammie, so glad to hear from you!

    Trey, Thanks for stopping by.

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