Exodus 14:21-22 Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the Lord swept the sea back by a strong east wind all night and turned the sea into dry land, so the waters were divided. The sons of Israel went through the midst of the sea on the dry land, and the waters were like a wall to them on their right hand and on their left. Exodus 10:19 So the Lord shifted the wind to a very strong west wind which took up the locusts and drove them into the Red Sea; not one locust was left in all the territory of Egypt.
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Big Wind Day is observed each year in the United States on April 12th. National Big Wind Day commemorates the recording of the highest natural wind gust measured on the Earth’s surface. On the afternoon of April 12, 1934, the Mount Washington Observatory recorded winds at 231 miles per hour.
I spent my Junior & Senior high years in Lamesa, Texas. We have really big wind there, but not 231 mph unless it is a tornado! Every outfit had a headscarf as part of normal wear. Usually, our wind was full of sand, especially when there were not crops growing in the cotton fields.
I am not a fan of big wind. But God uses the wind as needed and for good, like in the Exodus scriptures above. We do not always see the purpose of things in nature in our wisdom. Things are purged so new things can grow. Floods dry out because of winds. We don’t usually enjoy the removal of dead leaves from our trees because it messes up our yards.
Nature is an amazing balance of elements. God controls them. However, humans cause the balance to be unbalanced by our bad habits and trash and thoughtlessness.
Doing self-checkout recently at Lowes I was encouraged to see a sign saying to not place my items in a bag if it was not necessary! I was so grateful to see that sign. I had hoped Dallas would stick to the ban on plastic bags it tried several years ago. But it did not last.
We must learn how to be good stewards of our Earth. I hope you all are good at recycling. I hope you take your reusable bags to the grocery store. Those are the least things we can do. We need to learn all we can do to help preserve the Earth. It is not ours to use up. A part of Christian stewardship is to learn and do all we can to produce less waste.
The United Churches of Christ encourage congregations to intentionally reflect upon God in relationship to caring for creation. They advocate for environmental justice. As we work for racial justice, we must not also forget our responsibility to care for our environment as well.
God of the Wonderful Earth our home, Thank you for its beauty and comfort. Help us be mindful to help preserve the Earth. May your blowing wind remind us to each do our part to keep pollution of waterways and byways clean. Help us leave our Earth a better place for our families to come.