It seems like she is really in a bad mood lately, doesn’t it? Our nation has had extra bad weather over the past month or so. And, who gets the blame? Mother Nature is the one who makes the headlines.
New York State Thruway Shuts Down, Leaving Hundreds Stranded – December 2, 2010
“A New York State Thruway was shutdown Thursday after a storm dumped up to 2 feet of snow on the area, leaving hundreds of motorists stranded and spending the night in their vehicles.”
Some of my own family members were stranded in this shutdown for several hours. It was like a blizzard as the snow came down in buckets. The road closed down and traffic came to a stop. To top it off they were on their way home from the hospital with their special needs child who had just had his tonsils out. But, thank the Lord, someone came along and got them unstuck and they were able to finally get back home. Some people were stranded there overnight in the same location. According to the news reports, Mother Nature had hit the city hard.
Then came the terrible rain storms in California:
STORM DAMAGE: MOTHER NATURE OWES OC $23 MILLION, 12/19/2010 — OC Weekly
“Original Post, December 27, 11:16 a.m. : If you’ve been living in OC the past two weeks, you know it’s been a wet existence. Downpour, after downpour, slanted rain, water rising from the ground, flooded gutters. It wasn’t the most pleasant time to be singing the praises of living in Southern California.
Mudslides left families stranded (Silverado Canyon) and major roadways blocked off to traffic… Car accident reports spiked, as motorists were spinning out of control or were blinded on the wet roadways. Four hikers were stranded in the San Gabriel Mountains, requiring a helicopter rescue by Los Angeles fire fighters…
It go so bad that Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado declared a state of emergency in nine Southern California counties.”
Blizzards in the Midwest closed down roads and left motorists stranded in their cars. In North Dakota there was a 100 car pile up. Airports were closed and many holiday plans were ruined. At one point up to 17 feet of new snow was dumped in the mountains.
MOTHER NATURE STRIKES AGAIN 12/30/2010 abc news
There was an unusual tornado outbreak for December in 7 states right around New Years. These caused 6 or 7 deaths, and terrible destruction. Missouri was one state hit pretty hard on New Year’s Eve.
What is wrong with Mother Nature anyway? Can’t she cut us break? All his devastation and heartache.
It’s the gift that Mother Nature just keeps giving this season—snow. More is coming to southeast Michigan. Freep.com Detroit Free Press, 1/06/2011
Mother Nature delivers Heavy snow, frigid temps descend on southwest Montana. Bozeman Daily Chronicles 11/24/2010
MOTHER NATURE IS GOING TO BE COMPLETELY OBNOXIOUS! The Weather Channel 1/7/2011
I’ve been thinking about all of these storms being blamed on Mother Nature. Does she have PMS? Well, no, not really. She does not actually exist, therefore, she could not have PMS. If you believe in Santa Clause then maybe you believe in Mother Nature. She is simply a myth.
So, who or what is responsible for natural disasters and horrible weather outbreaks? God is! That’s right, but you won’t hear that on the news.
Now if you think my point is groundless and that a loving God would not do such a thing as allow terrible storms, tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, mudslides, blizzards, freezing rain, damaging winds, and other natural disasters, to come upon us, then let me take you to the Word of God and show you what God Himself says.
God is the God of the universe.
Isa 44:24 NASB Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, and the one who formed you from the womb, “I, the LORD, am the maker of all things, Stretching out the heavens by Myself And spreading out the earth all alone,
God created all things through Jesus Christ, and He continues to this day to hold it all together.
Col 1:16-17 NASB For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities–all things have been created through Him and for Him. (17) He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.
God is in control. He is Sovereign and can do whatever He pleases. Nothing happens by chance. Nothing! He is in total control of the weather. He causes the weather.
Psalm 135:5-7 NASB For I know that the LORD is great And that our Lord is above all gods. (6) Whatever the LORD pleases, He does, In heaven and in earth, in the seas and in all deeps. (7) He causes the vapors to ascend from the ends of the earth; Who makes lightnings for the rain, Who brings forth the wind from His treasuries.
Psa 148:8 NASB Fire and hail, snow and clouds; Stormy wind, fulfilling His word;
Why does God cause bad weather? I do not know His reasons because we cannot comprehend it. He has His reasons and they have to do with His divine providence.
Job 37:5-7 NASB “God thunders with His voice wondrously, Doing great things which we cannot comprehend. (6) “For to the snow He says, ‘Fall on the earth,’ And to the downpour and the rain, ‘Be strong.’ (7) “He seals the hand of every man, That all men may know His work.
God directs the weather and storms. He is orchestrating it. Verse 13 may help us understand as it says it might be for correction, or for His world, or for his lovingkindness. That again is hard to understand, except, not all storms are bad. He brings rain to water the crops so we have food.
Job 37:9-13 NASB “Out of the south comes the storm, And out of the north the cold. (10) “From the breath of God ice is made, And the expanse of the waters is frozen. (11) “Also with moisture He loads the thick cloud; He disperses the cloud of His lightning. (12) “It changes direction, turning around by His guidance, That it may do whatever He commands it On the face of the inhabited earth. (13) “Whether for correction, or for His world, Or for lovingkindness, He causes it to happen.
Notice in verse 7 below He says He is the one “causing well-being, and creating calamity.” This is eye opening to me! I’ve never noticed that verse before. God Himself creates troubles.
Isa 45:5-7 NASB “I am the LORD, and there is no other; Besides Me there is no God. I will gird you, though you have not known Me; (6) That men may know from the rising to the setting of the sun That there is no one besides Me. I am the LORD, and there is no other, (7) The One forming light and creating darkness, Causing well-being and creating calamity; I am the LORD who does all these.
Amo 3:6 NASB If a trumpet is blown in a city will not the people tremble? If a calamity occurs in a city has not the LORD done it?
What if, just for conversation, what if, we would insert the word “God” in these headlines in place of “Mother Nature?” How would that sound on the nightly news. Let’s try some on for size.
STORM DAMAGE: MOTHER NATURE GOD OWES OC $23 MILLION
MOTHER NATURE GOD STRIKES AGAIN
MOTHER NATURE GOD DELIVERS HEAVY SNOW, FRIGID TEMPS DESCEND ON SOUTHWEST MONTANA.
IT’S THE GIFT THAT MOTHER NATURE GOD JUST KEEPS GIVING THIS SEASON–SNOW.
How would that sound? Kind of odd wouldn’t you say? But, do you know what? There’s a lot of truth in that!
Listen and watch for the term, “Mother Nature,” and when you come across it simply change it to God and see how it sounds. It puts a whole new perspective on things don’t you think?
What is our reaction when we hear that Mother Nature wreaks havoc? We feel bad for the people who were involved. We simply say to ourselves, “That’s Mother Nature for ya,” and more or less except it and continue with the cleanup.
On the other hand, what if we acknowledged it was God’s doing? What would our reaction be then? I think we might realize how fragile life is and that we have no control over nature. We might throw ourselves onto the mercy of God, and pray He would spare us. We need to take stock of ourselves and gain an added reverence and respect for God. Most importantly, we need to get right with God. We need to be ready in the event that it would be our time to move on from this life. This perspective would have a positive impact on us and our country. I truly believe that.
Quote by Gil Rugh “Nothing happens by an act of Mother Nature; everything happens by an act of Father God!”