O the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are God’s judgments and how inscrutable God’s ways!
A Word of Hope
My partner is a Storm Chaser and because I go along with him on chases occasionally, I guess that makes me one, too. It’s not like what you see in the movies and on TV. The reality is on the day of a chase, he combs over data and models and makes a forecast as to where he believes there will be the best chance of tornado development.
Then we drive, sometimes for hours to that area and will hopefully arrive before the storms develop. When we are lucky enough to catch up to a tornado, we shoot pictures and video and sometimes just watch with amazement at the power of the storm.
What I have learned from storm chasing is that the weather is something we can understand and forecast with some success, but a tornado is such a tiny event in comparison to the weather systems that produce them they are more elusive.
I have also learned that fatalities from tornados are greater in the Deep South, even though most folks think of Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas as Tornado Alley. What I learned is that often times in the Deep South people do not heed the elaborate warning network that we are blessed with in this country. When asked why they ignore the warnings, some of these people say, “well if it’s my time, it’s my time, it’s in God’s hands”. I do not pretend to know the mind of God, but I do know God’s hands gave us scientists and weather forecasting tools and a network of warning systems to keep us safe, so why would I ignore that?
Help us, O God, to remember that we cannot know the full wisdom of your creation. Let us accept the blessings you give us in the form of the of those people who seek to keep us safe. May we be grateful for their work and heed their guidance.
Hardy Haberman Cathedral of Hope