A politician made a comment about how God showed disapproval of the nation through weather-related disasters. Perhaps the statement was merely a poor analogy of an exceptionally bad year of disasters in the form of floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, dust storms, forest fires, and an earthquake.
Years ago, my husband and I helped with disaster relief for a family from our church whose little bungalow flooded when the Big Blue River in Nebraska went over a half mile out of its banks. Members from church took everything out of the home and tried to save the furniture, a TV, linens, clothing, etc. by painstakingly scrubbing, washing, and disinfecting each item. Those who couldn’t help with their hands prayed that the house would be inhabitable again.
I don’t believe God shows anger through weather conditions caused by the complex phenomena of creation. However, I do see God’s mercy, love, and grace through the way people respond to the needs of people they have never met. Charles Dickens said it this way, “A day wasted on others is not wasted on one’s self.”
Dear Lord, help us pour out love and compassion to those experiencing external, or internal, storms. Amen.