Christ, Christian Life

Walk Like Thunder

Sometimes in life we only truly appreciate the significance of events until long after the fact. A short while ago, I sensed* I was supposed to walk outside in front of the house I’m staying in. So I did so, and I could see the long driveway (~100 yards) and I was at the beginning of it. I said “I’m at the beginning of a journey” and went back inside and continued my day.


The other day, I was at my desk playing music on my iPhone and had the sense that the next song to be played would be important. The song was entitled “Walk like Thunder.” I considered what thunder is: it is the sound of lightening. Thunder and lightning occur so seamlessly that they are rarely mentioned apart from one another. On the other hand, often when describing a storm, people will say “it’s really thundering and lightning out there” which speaks to the distinction between the two. It’s kind of a paradox: they are distinct but also inseparable. It’s like us and Jesus: I’m in The Lord and He’s in me, but at the same time I am me and He is He.

Furthermore, thunder never occurs without lightning, never. Lightning occurs without thunder when its cloud to cloud (in the “heavenlies” if you will), but if lightning strikes the earth, the thunder sounds. Just like with us and Jesus, he can function without us, but we can never function without him.

So it goes with this organic church planting journey that I’m just starting. Not that I haven’t been in training for 6 months, but recently I did something truly practical for the first time: I spoke at length with a gentleman in Georgia who is interested in his group being planted. He and I made tentative plans for me to visit them this December. So…yeah its gettin’ real.

In the metaphor, to “walk like thunder” implies that one only goes where Jesus already is. So that’s how it goes, folks.

*By “sensed” I mean I believe Holy Spirit directed me to do something. Others might use the language “God told me” or “I felt led” or “I wanted to” or whatever. I can’t speak for others, but often (not always) I can tell when an idea is from me or Him, and this was one of those times.

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    Amanda Iosa
    November 11, 2014 at 7:10 am

    What a great illustration of our oneness with Christ. Just as there is no thunder without lightning, we wouldn’t exist without Him. I love how vast He is, and just how many things in creation reflect His reality. Excited for this next leg of your journey! May that oneness impart more of His life!
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      November 11, 2014 at 12:13 pm

      Thanks sister

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    November 11, 2014 at 7:12 am

    Walk like thunder…I like that, Thomas. The song you heard, was it by Kimya Dawson?

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      Thomas Fortson
      November 11, 2014 at 12:12 pm

      Yes thats the one. I don’t agree with everything she sings, but I appreciate the narrative-style that she employs.

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    kenneth dawson
    November 12, 2014 at 4:25 am

    I don’t know this Kimbya Dawson but I like that last name

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    November 12, 2014 at 11:31 am

    Awesome stuff, Thomas! Almost got into some Dr. Suess for a second…

    We see lightning, but we hear thunder. Likewise the church, when she is loving as Christ loves, bears visible expression of what people are hearing of Christ in their spirits.

    You’ve electrified my life today, bro!
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