24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”
I have spent many summers working in the mountains, staying in a fire lookout on top of a high mountain peak.
Summer storms can be very severe in the mountains. The air can be turbulent, from warm to cold in a matter of moments, and strong winds that are constantly changing.
Storms can produce hail, sleet, snow, lightning, thunder, and high winds.
In a lookout, you are surrounded by windows. The glass at the lookout where I stayed, was old, single paned, and easily broken.
The lookout cabin was on a forty-foot wooden frame, and it was 14’x14′ inside the cabin. The peak, Middle Sister, was about 7,000 feet high.
Inside the cabin, there was a stove, a fire-finder, a refrigerator, and a small bed on glass insulators.
My job was to look for fires, especially after a storm. Lightning strikes would cause many fires in the forest, and the best time to see them was after a storm, when a column of blue smoke would rise up from where the lightning hit.
The lookout, because it is high off the ground, has cables stretched from its four corners to the ground to give it stability.
There was a ‘triangle of death’ that one had to avoid during the lightning storms. It was the between the metal parts of the fire-finder, fridge, and stove, and you had to stay away from them.
All metal had to be grounded in the lookout.
A stool was provided to sit on that had insulators on the bottom.
Some lookout employees have been killed by being struck by lightning. Many have stories to tell of the raging storms they have experienced.
The lookouts are usually on the highest peak so you can have the best view of the area, and they are a target for lightning strikes.
Many storms were an opportunity for me to pray, because the shutters banged above the windows, and the hail hit the glass, the winds could be over fifty-miles-an-hour, causing the lookout to move back and forth. It was very loud! It could be a wild experience! Lightning strikes reflected off the glass, and the thunder boomed and cracked violently! It could be fierce!
My spiritual home is the solid rock, Jesus Christ. I would have been way more fearful of being in those turbulent storms if I didn’t have Christ!
Dear Lord, I know you have protected me many times in various storms! Thank You that You are my solid rock, my protection, and my refuge! You are the one who has the power to calm every storm in life. Amen.