Time and Space #5: Weather

On the second day of creation, God separated the waters above from the waters below (space) and created weather cycles — water evaporates here, wind carries clouds to a new place and there is precipitation in one form or another.

The science of meteorology is a fascinating picture of man attempting to deny the Hand of God in nature.  There are extensive and exotic models to explain, in advance, where weather will happen.

I have seen incredible accuracy as the National Weather Service tracks a storm across the Pacific and informs us that it will start raining in Los Angeles on Thursday around 3:00 p.m.  And it does.

The frequent precision of time/space interaction within the natural state of affairs is reassuring to them and perpetuates the illusion that weather is simply a natural phenomenon.

The only problem is, there are substantial weather events that are a surprise to the NWS, either in origin, speed or behavior.  Their models cannot anticipate the behavior or explain it after the fact.

A quick glance through Scripture shows God overriding the laws of science to cause weather events that serve His purposes.

I personally have witnessed a significant number of events that absolutely defied the predictions of the scientific model, because God choose to adjust the time/space dynamics of weather so as to use it to punish or bless someone.

Some of those things happened sovereignly.  Others were the results of specific prayers of the saints that He accepted and acted on.

It introduces a fascinating dynamic when we put the first and second days side by side.  On the one hand are the precision, predictability and solid building blocks for the rest of the creative process.

On the other hand, every time/space alignment is in the Hand of God and can be adjusted for His purposes at will.

A dynamic tension.

Copyright January 2018 by Arthur Burk 


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4 Responses to Time and Space #5: Weather

  1. I think that it also shows another facet of our stewardship, which really a sense of awe! The fact that God responds to our prayers for changes in the timing of weather is amazing to me. I don’t even know where to begin thinking about how that happens. All of these hugely complex and interconnected dynamics of temperature, moisture, wind currents, terrain, and whatever else, suddenly start to behave differently … !!!

  2. I love this! I love that it means we need to be able to discern -to tell which is true in the moment. I love that we get to choose between our soul and spirit in the discernment process! I love the depth of balance between relationship, and trust, that He invites through His ways! Principles and sovereignty in synchronized motion leading us into the deep of the Lord. This blog brought forth deep awe in me. Thank you!

  3. Jennifer says:

    Love, love, love this line of conversation, it makes my spirit jump with joy!!

  4. Janis Leal says:

    Wow. Again. I feel a “deep resonance” with these posts, without having words to explain it, or in this case, even comment with anything cognitively substantive.

    But I’m compelled to share the Wow and Deep Resonance anyway, to add to the celebration of the One who cannot be explained, who is worthy. Hallelujah!

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