Oh, The Weather

Electrical Storm, Arizona

1 At this also my heart trembleth, and is moved out of his place. 2 Hear attentively the noise of his voice, and the sound that goeth out of his mouth. 3 He directeth it under the whole heaven, and his lightning unto the ends of the earth. 4 After it a voice roareth: he thundereth with the voice of his excellency; and he will not stay them when his voice is heard. 5 God thundereth marvellously with his voice; great things doeth he, which we cannot comprehend.

6 For he saith to the snow, Be thou on the earth; likewise to the small rain, and to the great rain of his strength. 7 He sealeth up the hand of every man; that all men may know his work. 8 Then the beasts go into dens, and remain in their places. 9 Out of the south cometh the whirlwind: and cold out of the north. 10 By the breath of God frost is given: and the breadth of the waters is straitened. 11 Also by watering he wearieth the thick cloud: he scattereth his bright cloud: 12 And it is turned round about by his counsels: that they may do whatsoever he commandeth them upon the face of the world in the earth. 13 He causeth it to come, whether for correction, or for his land, or for mercy.

14 Hearken unto this, O Job: stand still, and consider the wondrous works of God. 15 Dost thou know when God disposed them, and caused the light of his cloud to shine? 16 Dost thou know the balancings of the clouds, the wondrous works of him which is perfect in knowledge? 17 How thy garments are warm, when he quieteth the earth by the south wind? 18 Hast thou with him spread out the sky, which is strong, and as a molten looking glass? 19 Teach us what we shall say unto him; for we cannot order our speech by reason of darkness. 20 Shall it be told him that I speak? if a man speak, surely he shall be swallowed up.

21 And now men see not the bright light which is in the clouds: but the wind passeth, and cleanseth them. 22 Fair weather cometh out of the north: with God is terrible majesty. 23 Touching the Almighty, we cannot find him out: he is excellent in power, and in judgment, and in plenty of justice: he will not afflict. 24 Men do therefore fear him: he respecteth not any that are wise of heart. (Job 37 KJV)

From when I was a child and beyond, my grandmother used to tell me and my sister to be quiet during a thunder and lightning storm. The household had to sit in the unlit living room, if it was not the middle of the night, and say not a word. She imbedded in us that it was God speaking and if we were righteous enough we could hear and understand what God is saying to us. I know what a thunder and lightning storm is but I am not afraid of it therefore I do run and hide. If it is your time, it is your time and there isn’t anything you can do about it. To this day, although it is sixty years later, I believe this but I do not practice it. There are so many things in this world that humans do not and will never understand.

I walked a security post with a dog when I was in the USAF. Here I was, during those storms, with a wet dog and leash, rifle on my back (lightning rod) and, most of the time, I’m soaked to the bone. I’m still here, nothing happened, I couldn’t be more conspicuous than that. I have stood in front of, behind and under aircraft in a roaring storm, nothing happened. It was not my time. I have been leaning against chain linked fencing, under trees and stood out in the open. I’m still here. However, I was always and will forever be in awe of God and God’s power and ability to balance and plan things.

Everyday I hear people, here at Imperial Plaza, complain about the weather, no matter what it is. The weather could be slightly warm, but not hot, or it is cool, but not cold. People would pass me and say how hot it is and another will tell me that winter is almost here because of the coolness. The garden people complain about the lack of rain in the past couple of weeks or so. When it rains, the complaint is it is too much rain. Not a single person can come to a consensus about what is happening. Why can’t they stop complaining about what God is doing? There isn’t anything you or I can do about anything God want to do, But if a person would be quiet and listen, the person just may hear and understand God.

Whether she knew it or not, my grandmother was teaching us Job and I see Job thirty seven in everything that she used to say. I know what science tell us but without God science is a mute subject that can not be understood and all is not even close to being understood anyway. When man figure out something in science, after a few years he will find something that proves it is wrong or partially right. I will give an example; Lightning goes from the cloud to the ground or from cloud to cloud. How many of you know that lightning can go from earth to the cloud like the picture I took and posted not too long ago. Lightning in that photo went from the sea to the cloud (look closely or enlarge, if you can, and focus at the end of the lightning bolt). God is great and all his wonders abound.

So, let us not complain about it’s too cold or hot or too rainy or dry or too windy or there is not a breeze anywhere. Let us be satisfied with whatever God gives us and worship him for it. There is not a thing we can do about it anyway. Thank God for being here. Hey, I have an idea for the residents at Imperial Plaza. Instead of complaining about the rain, dryness, heat, cold or whatever, why not stay indoors and travel between buildings through the building connectors? That is exactly what they are made for and then all complaints can stop. Or will it?

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