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