My heart is in anguish within me;
the terrors of death have fallen on me.
Fear and trembling have beset me;
horror has overwhelmed me.
I said, “Oh, that I had the wings of a dove!
I would fly away and be at rest.
I would flee far away
and stay in the desert;
I would hurry to my place of shelter,
far from the tempest and storm.”
- Psalm 55:4-8
Praise the Lord from the earth,
you great sea creatures and all ocean depths,
lightning and hail, snow and clouds,
stormy winds that do his bidding,
you mountains and all hills,
fruit trees and all cedars,
wild animals and all cattle,
small creatures and flying birds,
kings of the earth and all nations,
you princes and all rulers on earth,
young men and women,
old men and children.
- Psalm 148:7-12
Jesus said to them: “Watch out that no one deceives you. Many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am he,’ and will deceive many. When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places, and famines. These are the beginning of birth pains.
“You must be on your guard. You will be handed over to the local councils and flogged in the synagogues. On account of me you will stand before governors and kings as witnesses to them. And the gospel must first be preached to all nations. Whenever you are arrested and brought to trial, do not worry beforehand about what to say. Just say whatever is given you at the time, for it is not you speaking, but the Holy Spirit.
“Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child. Children will rebel against their parents and have them put to death. Everyone will hate you because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.
- Mark 13:5-13
At the time that I am writing this, there is a tropical storm named Sam in the Atlantic, not even a hurricane yet. It is moving so slowly that by the time this post comes out in another 8-9 days, the tropical storm, predicted to be a hurricane, may be about to land on the east coast of the USA, if it makes a USA landfall at all. At this point, the mathematical models differ greatly as to where the storm might land.
Update: Tropical Storm Sam became major hurricane Sam. While it is probably going to remain a “fish storm”, meaning the center of circulation does not make a landfall, Bermuda is probably feeling its effects now and the east coast of the USA is getting rough surf. And preparedness was not wasted effort however.
And that brings me to my first point, with such a slow-moving storm, does anyone “waste” their time preparing for it when it is not going to get here for over a week? I know what will happen. I can close my eyes and see and hear the young lady who cried into the television camera after being rescued in the midst of Hurricane Harvey. She said that she did not know the storm was coming. Maybe what she said was an exaggeration, but some people are having so much fun that they never bother watching the news. With Harvey, if you did not see the dire forecast that many downplayed, you would think that it was simply another tropical storm like all the previous ones. And some may be so jaded by hurricane warnings that they ignore them.
So, as the storm is approaching the east coast of the United States, how many people will fall into each of those categories? As for me, if I were living on the coast, I would check my preparedness checklist. Do I have enough water, food, batteries, cash, prescription medicines, and other necessary survival things? (All of them being things that I can consume once hurricane season is over.) Do I have a waterproof folder with all my important papers? Since I am retired, what inland-living relative have I not visited in a while? And I would do all these checks without having a clue if the hurricane is coming near me.
But I am the proverbial Boy Scout. Now that the Boy Scouts are no longer the Boy Scouts, do they have the same motto? You know, “Be prepared.” I checked and they do.
But most people that are prepared, are not “that prepared.” There is always the thought of surviving the last one, and this is just another of the same thing. And after a while, the goofy guy in the cul-de-sac who wears a tinfoil hat and has enough provisions to hold out for six months is starting to look a bit … strange?
Humans do not do “slow” well. Americans are so fast paced and void of any attention span, short, long, forget it … wait. What was my train of thought? Ah, trains, I had a train set once…
Okay, maybe not that bad, but most people will not start to prepare until they are in the cone, meaning that the storm is less than five days away or less. By then, the “crazy people” have already been to the store, and the store does not have what you need. So, who is crazy now?
But there is another “storm” on the horizon. It was foretold nearly two thousand years ago. Wow! Now that is a very slow-moving storm. Even people with long attention spans might have trouble with that one.
Odd, every time we have a big storm these days, people call it apocalyptic, and most have no clue what an apocalyptic storm is, but it is coming.
Maybe Climate Change is one of those storms that Jesus talks about. You know, the birth pains. If so, the proper response is to repent and turn to God, as the psalmist says, the One who can do something about all this bad weather. But no, we humans have made a religion out of fixing the problem ourselves. We ignore God even more than before and place our trust and fealty in scientists that have no clue whether they have a solution or not – their motto? “Time has run out. We cannot sit around doing nothing, so we will do something even if it makes matters worse. This fear mongering gets the politicians elected and we scientists paid handsomely.” Note: This is the truth, but they will not admit to it.
So, where does that leave the ordinary citizen of the earth? The other motto – be prepared. Not for Climate Change. No. Repent and turn toward God, for we cannot stop the true Apocalypse that is coming.
Soli Deo Gloria. Only to God be the Glory.