1. Whirlwind. Johnny Cash’s The Man Comes Around, the title track on and the only one he wrote for his haunting American IV album: “ . . . And the whirlwind is in the thorn trees/The virgins are all trimming their wicks/The whirlwind is in the thorn trees/It's hard for thee to kick against the pricks/Till Armageddon no shalam, no shalom. . . .” Interestingly, the whirlwind Cash refers to is actually a reference to Job 38:1, from which God speaks to Job. I first heard these lyrics on NPR, when they were interviewing him shortly after the album released. What a poet. I miss him.(Image: Johnny Cash, 1969, Wikipedia)
2. Foundation. Creation in Genesis 1. (I love that image of God’s breath sweeping over the deep.)
3. Lightning. During the summer after my second year in college, I worked at Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp. One day, I was standing on the porch of one of their more rustic cabins when a bolt of thick lightening crashed straight down among the trees in front of me, like a giant sword. I swear, I heard a crackling sizzle before the boom of thunder (that made my insides vibrate for a long time afterwards). While I am a great lover of storms (known to stand in the middle of the street with a video camera filming a funnel cloud less than half a mile away), I must admit I instantly reacted by instinct and got my hinny inside.
4. Den. A room with french doors, a wall-panel-sized plasma TV, a dark cherry-wood desk, a leather couch, a fireplace, a furry rug and brimming bookshelves lining the walls. In all the houses I’ve lived, never had one. Heh, but I can still dream.
5. Prey. That poor, ignorant praire dog in all those nature shows, snuffling in the dirt and oblivious to the giant hawk with those huge talons swooping down from above. Sniff.
So Paul took his stand in the open space at the Areopagus and laid it out for them: "I'm here to introduce you to this God.... He doesn't play hide-and-seek with us. He's not remote; he's near. We live and move in him, can't get away from him!" ~Acts 17