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Hurling Arrows of Light

I heard an interesting fact that prompted today’s writing, but first let me ask you; are you familiar with Ozone?


According to NASA, Ozone is a relatively unstable molecule made up of three atoms of oxygen. Although it represents only a tiny fraction of the atmosphere, ozone is crucial for life on Earth.


Most ozone resides in the stratosphere, where it acts as a shield to protect Earth's surface from the sun's harmful ultraviolet radiation. With a weakening of this shield, we would be more susceptible to skin cancer, cataracts, and impaired immune systems.


The Ozone layer starts about six miles above earth and in 1985 a gaping hole was discovered in the ozone over the South Pole. Experts say the damage was caused by chlorofluorocarbons eating away at the ozone. CFCs are found in things such as refrigerators, foam insulation, air conditions, spray cans etc.


According to the bbc.com, at its worst in the late 1990’s, about 10% of the upper ozone layer was depleted and I remember hearing the urgency in the news from the scientific world. Something had to be done, and it was. But not just because man made a change.


An international agreement called the Montreal Protocol made sure businesses came up with replacements for the damaging products. As a result, the ozone has begun to increase by about 3% per decade.


I love a good thunderstorm! And it is said, that anyone who loves a good thunderstorm should visit Venezuela. The probably is not going to happen for me, but, the heat and humidity are at their finest there, if you love a good thunderstorm. With wind from the Andes, the light show is the most intense and consistent on planet earth. Some scientists believe that methane gas, rising from the lake, contributes to its excessive production of lightning.


I wrote about Lake Maracaibo a few weeks ago. It has earned a place in the Guinness World Records for the “highest concentration of lightning” of any place in the world at about 28 strikes per minute, year-round. Photographers flock from far and wide to get the most amazing pictures and footage.


But here is what I learned this morning.

These explosive thunderstorms are also the world’s top replenisher of ozone and contribute to repairing the holes in many parts of the world.


CBS News reports that Earth’s massive Arctic ozone hole is no longer existent. The hole, which covered an area three times the size of Greenland, appeared in late March 2020 and by the end of April it was gone. Did lightning do that? I have no idea, but I think it is amazing the way our Creator God has put the laws of nature in motion, this being just one of them.


“He pulls water up out of the sea,

distills it, and fills up his rain-cloud cisterns.

Then the skies open up

and pour out soaking showers on everyone.

Does anyone have the slightest idea how this happens?

How he arranges the clouds, how he speaks in thunder?

Just look at that lightning, his sky-filling light show

illumining the dark depths of the sea!

These are the symbols of his sovereignty,

his generosity, his loving care.

He hurls arrows of light,

taking sure and accurate aim.

The High God roars in the thunder,

angry against evil.”

“Whenever this happens, my heart stops—

I’m stunned, I can’t catch my breath.

Listen to it! Listen to his thunder,

the rolling, rumbling thunder of his voice.

He lets loose his lightnings from horizon to horizon,

lighting up the earth from pole to pole.

In their wake, the thunder echoes his voice,

powerful and majestic.

He lets out all the stops, he holds nothing back.

No one can mistake that voice—

His word thundering so wondrously,

his mighty acts staggering our understanding.

He orders the snow, ‘Blanket the earth!’

and the rain, ‘Soak the whole countryside!’

No one can escape the weather—it’s there.

And no one can escape from God.

Wild animals take shelter,

crawling into their dens,

When blizzards roar out of the north

and freezing rain crusts the land.

It’s God’s breath that forms the ice,

it’s God’s breath that turns lakes and rivers solid.

And yes, it’s God who fills clouds with rainwater

and hurls lightning from them every which way.

He puts them through their paces—first this way, then that—

commands them to do what he says all over the world.

Whether for discipline or grace or extravagant love,

he makes sure they make their mark. - The Message Job 36:27-33, 37:1-13


by Jeanette Stark – Friday, December 9, 2022

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