It’s Severe Weather Week in Tennessee! Yes, a week to have severe weather. Well, actually it’s severe weather awareness week. Apparently, most states have a week or two designated for this sort of thing. You can find our more from our friends at NOAA. On a tangent, isn’t it interesting that our government’s weather agency is named after the dude who survived the world wide flood event – Noah? Back to SWAW (Severe Weather Awareness Week). This week is set up to educate about Lightning and tornadoes and the like. Today in Tennessee at 9:30 there is a state wide Tornado Drill – so watch out for that!
And then, while you are thinking about the power of severe weather, take a moment to remember its creator. First of all, is so amazing that the creator established such a diverse weather system, and that we can actually predict it with some reasonableness. That design alone is magnificent. But then consider the power and force that is packed into the extreme weather we see. It is really awe inspiring to watch and study this things. But even more awe inspiring is that the creator has control of this type of stuff and can control it whenever he wants, for instance, Moses crossing the Red Sea, or the storm calming after Jonah was thrown overboard or the Christ and the storm:
39 He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.
40 He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”
41 They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!” Mark 4:39-41 (New International Version, ©2010)
I hope you participate in SWAW, and learn more about the powerful forces of nature that surround us, but also take some time to thank the creator and praise him for his magnificent creation.
14 “Listen to this, Job;
stop and consider God’s wonders.
15 Do you know how God controls the clouds
and makes his lightning flash?
16 Do you know how the clouds hang poised,
those wonders of him who has perfect knowledge?
17 You who swelter in your clothes
when the land lies hushed under the south wind,
18 can you join him in spreading out the skies,
hard as a mirror of cast bronze? Job 37 (NIV)