KidsView  | The Adventist Review for kids and those who always will be kids at heart | August 2014

Go Light Your World

By Melissa Bradshaw

I was jolted out of my sleep by a loud crack of thunder. Although I grew up with regular thunderstorms, after living in California for the past three years, it had been a while since I had experienced one. So at 2 a.m., after my sound sleep had been interrupted, I lay listening to an old familiar sound as thunder boomed and my room was filled with light.

Lightning! I have seen some pretty spectacular displays of this natural force of energy. In a nutshell, lightning is electrical power stored in clouds that bursts free in a tremendous flood of energy. As a source of uncontrollable energy, it has been known to cause some tremendous damage. Although this awesome force of energy can sometimes do a lot of damage, controlled energy can also do great amounts of good.

There are three types of lightning. The most common is “intra-cloud” (lightning that occurs within a cloud). There is also “cloud to cloud” and “cloud to ground” lightning.

Each year approximately 1.5 billion lightning flashes occur in our atmosphere. It has been estimated that one in four of these strike the ground! A cloud to ground bolt of lightning can average about 1 billion (1,000,000,000) joules of energy—more than enough to power a 60-watt light bulb for six months. Wow! That is a powerful bolt of lightning!

How are we like lightning? I’m sure you have seen and maybe even experienced the stored-up energy caused by staying indoors due to illness, or a rainy or snowy day. Then when you are able to get up and out, you have stored up enough energy to run for a very long time. There may have even been times when you’ve found yourself in a bit of trouble due to this burst of stored energy!

What would it look like if we were to contain this stored energy and channel it to do good? When clouds become so full of this electrical energy, they burst with a wondrous display of light. In Psalm 97:4 it says, “His lightnings light the world; the earth sees and trembles.”

If we allowed our lives to be stored up with the love and character of God, we could produce a light that would bring glory to God—a light for the whole world to see. Just think what a beautiful a display of light there would be if all of God’s children would shine for Him!

Go out and light the world around you with lightning of the very best kind!


Visit for free online Bible studies just for kids, and be sure to visit Melissa Bradshaw in the My Place With Jesus booth (#1120) at the “Forever Faithful” International Pathfinder Camporee August 12-16.