Storm of X-Men

In a world where humans have managed to control much, we still have not figured out how to master the weather. Currently we’re on storm watch and where I live the governor and mayor have declared a state of emergency Meteorologists estimate the storm will begin flying through our area around 5pm Sunday and the worst of it will land overnight Monday. In preparation this morning I joined the morass of consumers buying batteries, flashlights, candles, water and canned foods. And now we wait it out.

If only the storm were a person, you know, like “Storm” of X-Men and we could talk to her, make nice with her and get her to stop twirling angrily toward us. And God, well, God seems to enjoy making teaching points through storms. Fragile humans become well aware of their godlessness and lack of control during acts of nature. Remember when Jesus fell asleep in a boat while on the water with a few of his followers and a storm began stirring up. The followers got scared and woke up Jesus, yelling “we’re going down,” and I imagine Jesus slightly sucking his teeth and waving his arms to rebuke the storm thus making everything calm. His followers look amazed and quizzically ask, “who is this person that even the winds and sea obey him?”

Yep, upsetting acts of nature like storms, are reminders that we are not in total control.

Master, the tempest is raging

The billows are tossing high

The sky is o’ershadowed with blackness

No shelter or help is nigh

Carest thou not that we perish?

How canst thou lie asleep

When each moment so madly is threatening

A grave in the angry deep?  

The winds and the waves shall obey thy will

Peace, be still

Whether the wrath of the storm-tossed sea

Or demons, or men, or whatever it be

No water can swallow the ship where lies

The Master of ocean and earth and sky

They all shall sweetly obey thy will

Peace, peace, be still

~sung by James Cleveland

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About Calenthia Dowdy

Calenthia Dowdy (PhD, American University) is a cultural anthropologist and youth ministry educator who focuses on urban youth and culture in the U.S. and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Alongside teaching, speaking and writing on youth, cities, race, gender, and faith, she serves as the director of faith initiatives at a comprehensive community health center that specializes in HIV/AIDS care