Are We Ignoring the Signs?
I read an article in USA Today that reported the United States gets 80-90 percent of all the world's tornadoes, and I wondered why. Are we under God's judgment? Yes, but we always have been. Are these storms a sign? Yes, but maybe not in the way you might have been thinking.
The article explained that because the United States does not have a large mountain range that extends east to west, there is nothing to stop the warm, moist air from Mexico from clashing with the cold, arctic air from Canada. To summarize in my own scientific way, when the two air masses meet, usually in the American mid-West - it is not the subject of good news.
I found that somewhat comforting, because I have truly wondered at times if our nation was under judgment and God was sending us signs through the storms. The facts: we live in the country with 80-90 percent of all tornadoes. But - is there an increase? According to an article in the Washington Post, yes. There were 550 tornadoes reported in the 1950's each year and now that number has doubled. But that same article reports that the scientists don't know if there are more tornadoes, or if technology has just made it possible to detect more.
So what conclusions can we draw from the confusion? Biblically, here is what we know:
Lamentations 3:22-25 says, "Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. . . For the Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him."
This was my "sign" from the storms of the other night. God taught me a lesson I have been thinking on for several days. I don't know if we have more storms now, but I do believe we could have less. God is faithful to bless all that he is able, so if we are lacking his blessing - his protection - are we being as faithful to God as he is to us?
I knew there had been bad storms in Granbury. My husband sent a text to some friends that live there. I sat with my family that night watching to see if the storms were coming our way - then the sirens went off. So we watched and listened to see if we should get in the nearby closet. The next morning, I prayed for those who had lost so much. Did I do something wrong? Not really. I just didn't do something right.
If I had it to do over again, at the sound of the first siren, I would have put my family (even my granddog) in the closet and we would have had a prayer time. I would ask God to extend his righteous right hand and scoop the tornado away from our land.