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Watching the weather channel, preparing for Isaac

August 28, 2012

Right now we are watching the weather channel. Usually it ranks right up there with the fishing channel on the excitement scale. But, this week, the ratings are up because of the storm that is bearing down on us.


We keep checking to see if Tropical Storm Isaac has turned so that it will give us a side swipe rather than a direct hit. (We are having lots of fun with the headlines since we have a grandson named Isaac – “People prepare for Isaac.” “Isaac causes concern.” “Get supplies for Isaac!”)

We want to know how fast the storm is going and if the storm has escalated from a storm to a hurricane. I guess we want to know if we should be really worried or if we can simply be worried.


Our being informed really doesn’t make much difference in “the course of nature.” We have no power or influence in the matter. It’s not like a football game where the winner is decided by how closely each play is watched and by how loudly the fans – in their own living rooms – are cheering. (wink, wink)


Watching in itself is not a game changer. But still, we watch.


I’m not an authority on hurricanes, but I do know that they are complex. Tornadoes hide inside of hurricanes. Flooding accompanies hurricanes. Flying projectiles (like roof tiles, tree limbs, and patio furniture) multiply the damage of the hurricane.


Now,  even though watching by itself won’t change anything, knowledge that we gain from watching might make a difference. So, we follow the news and trade information, just in case.


I have also learned that hurricanes are unpredictable. They change direction and intensity almost on a whim, it seems. They come and go on a seemingly random schedule. Hurricanes don’t come every year. But they do come. And preparation can make all the difference in how you weather the storm.


Ah-ha! Watching and knowing and preparing – that changes everything.


Even without a screen diagram to project the path of this conversation, you probably know where I’m headed with this. This approaching storm is a good reminder about the inevitability of difficult days and the benefit of shared wisdom, and the wisdom of preparing ahead of time.


How are you doing with your storm preparation check list?


Water source in place?

Food source in place?

Plan to seek a place of safety?

Familiar with crisis resources?

Reliable friends to keep track of each other?

Familiar with evacuation routes if necessary?

Confidence that the storm will pass, the sun will return, and the damage will be restored?


The good news is this:

Even hurricanes are temporary. God is I AM.

He stretches out the north over the void and hangs the earth on nothing. 

He binds up the waters in his thick clouds, and the cloud is not split open under them.

He covers the face of the full moon and spreads over it his cloud. 

He has inscribed a circle on the face of the waters at the boundary between light and darkness. 

The pillars of heaven tremble and are astounded at his rebuke. 

By his power he stilled the sea; by his understanding he shattered Rahab. [a mythical sea monster in ancient literature that represents chaos.] 

By his wind the heavens were made fair; his hand pierced the fleeing serpent. 

Behold, these are but the outskirts of his ways, and how small a whisper do we hear of him! But the thunder of his power who can understand?”  Job 26

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Beth Petersen permalink
    August 28, 2012 2:36 pm

    Lots and lots of raindrops are packed in on the “dirty side” of Isaac, and the strong winds will blow for a few days, BUT in the midst of the storm “You can go to him for protection. He will cover you like a bird spreading its wings over its babies. You can trust him to surround and protect you like a shield” Psalm 91:4 (ERV). And, as Annie sang: “When I’m stuck with a day that’s gray, and lonely, I just stick out my chin and grin, and say: Oh the sun’ll come out tomorrow so ya gotta hang on tïll tomorrow come what may. Tomorrow! Tomorrow! I love ya, tomorrow! You’re always a day a way!” Love you, Beth

    • August 29, 2012 3:47 pm

      I can almost hear your lyrical voice singing, dear friend! 🙂 I have watched you walk this out in difficult days so I know you believe it deeply! So thankful for your faithful witness! Miss you back!

      • August 29, 2012 3:48 pm

        Wise thoughts accompanied by wise actions! Hope you and your dear ones have deep calm in the middle of the storms!

  2. Diana permalink
    August 28, 2012 6:42 pm

    Today I have set your page as my home page. I do not want to focus minute by minute on the “news.” I need my focus on the Lord.

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