Sunday, July 3, 2011

Fireworks VS Godworks

I hate fireworks.

I am one of those "weird" people.
I don't find them beautiful.
Not even pretty. 
I do think they are incredible.
Powerful and interesting.
They are loud. They are dangerous. They are expensive.

For years our neighborhood, where the girls grew up, had an outrageous firework exhibit.  I had a neighbor, who had a rather large love for fireworks. He spent thousands... tens of thousands on his firework displays.  He hired crews. Hired firemen, and hired police men to handle the powerful illuminations and the crowds of people that came to our neighborhood to watch. We, as well as all our neighbors, took an advantage of this spectacular show to have massive cookouts and enjoyed the show.  Mike spent an average of $16,000 per 4th of July.  Seriously...

While we enjoyed our cookouts, and the entertainment that my neighbor provided.  And while we deeply appreciated the precaution he took...I couldn't help but think of what all that money spent on a two hour firework show could do.

Let me tell you what I find truly incredible and beautiful.
God's natural fiery displays.
I could sit for hours and watch a lightening show.
To me there is nothing more powerful than this.
Now, that is remarkable.


Scott said...

I like professional fireworks, but I don't but any myself nor do I like it when the neighbors set them off. Nothing like finally climbing into bed at 11 at night only to have neighbors start an hour of setting off loud, booming fireworks. And I always fear an errant rocket will land on my house or into the dry parts of my yard and start a fire.

I'm with you regarding thunderstorms. I can remember camping at Brown County and sitting on the monkey bars up on a hill watching a distant electrical storm approach. Probably not the smartest thing we ever did, but it was beautiful.

Lori ann said...

I'm with you Janis. this is one thing i don't miss from when my kids were young.

Reality Jayne said...

yep...not my thing either...they scare my dog and are annoying

Mark Pressley said...

Like them all Gods and store bought years of spending way to much money, beer and bangs on two occasions we have had issues with Roman Candle fights and small burns and burnt clothes, Add beer and I cant hide my red neck side.

This year will be diffrent I am leaving in a few hours to head to Florida and hang out down there we are going to do the community show at the beach this is the first time in twenty years I wasnt the screw up in charge not sure how I feel about it and will miss two of my kids being there.

Charla @ Healthy Home Blog said...

I totally agree about God's lightning show! That's one of my favorite parts of the song "Indescribable." We got to see Chris Tomlin sing this song live at Celebrate Freedom's outdoor concert last week. It was an awesome experience. We heard him four years ago at the same event, and there were beautiful storm clouds all the way around. It was like we were in the large hole of a donut with no rain but yet had the beauty of the sky all around us while Tomlin sang "Indescribable," "How Great is Our God," etc. I felt like I had a glimpse of Heaven. :)

Reya Mellicker said...

I am so with you on this. Hate fireworks, love godworks. Oh yeah

Linda said...

lol, Janis, I love, LOVE fireworks and pretty much hate storms. I do find heat lightening in the distance cool, but that's about it when it comes to storms. :)