Posts tagged ‘lightening’

December 5, 2012

Surviving The Storm

by pastortimfowler

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As you might have noticed, I have not been putting out blogs at the pace I normally do. There has been a lot going on that has demanded my attention and so I had to eliminate some things from my daily routine temporarily. As if the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons are not busy and hectic enough, I have had to deal with several other issues that added to “the storm”.
I like to call things that keep me extra busy storms because it sounds much more dramatic than just saying that I have been too busy to do some stuff. A storm makes you think that winds are raging and thunder and lightning are threatening and the danger element is really high. So if I had to be really honest about it, I guess instead of a storm, I have been in a rain event.
Rain events are nothing to be laughed at. During a good rain, things can get really wet and even cold and that does not feel good. Rain can make you want to sleep more and forget about going outside to do other stuff. Rain may sound innocent, but let me tell you, until you have seen the rain that I have seen, you don’t have a clue. And then if it rains on a Monday, well, rainy days and Mondays always get me down.
Probably the worst thing about the rain in life is when you get those breaks where the sun comes out, so you go outside and don’t wear a raincoat or take an umbrella and you are scared that it may rain again and get your hair wet. That can cause a lot of stress. I mean, what if it really does start raining again? Then what?
I was out in the middle of a big field one time and did not have a raincoat or an umbrella and it started raining. At first it was a gentle mist, but then it became a constant mist, and, add in the wind, or breeze, and it was like being in the middle of a field getting wet and there was nothing you could do about it. Although it only lasted a few minutes, I got wet. And, although I shave my head and so my hair was not affected, I felt the stress that others who might have hair would have felt if they were out in that field too. And for those who would scoff at this, later that day, it rained really hard and I was a bit shaken at the thought of how, if that would have happened while I was out there, that I could have gotten really wet.
So, although what I have been through is not really a storm of life, but rather a rain event, I wanted you to know that I am fine. I have relied on my years of experience to get me through it. I also try to remember that even though the rain of life is tough, there are people who are going through the storms of life, and in those storms there is most often rain. So if you just think about the rain and block out the thunder and lightning and raging wind and all the really bad stuff that goes along with a storm, and just think about the rain, then you will understand what I am going through and you won’t be so critical about me not blogging for a while.
Yes, God can calm the storm. Sometimes He chooses to clam the child in the storm. But when it is just raining, God is still there.

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September 22, 2011

Stuff That Falls From The Sky

by pastortimfowler

On the news for the last week I have been hearing about a satellite that will fall out of its orbit and hit earth in the next couple of days. It is said to be about the size of a school bus and weighs 6.5 tons. NASA says that they are not sure where it will hit, but are pretty sure that it won’t hit you. I feel better now that I know my tax dollars are being used well.
They say it will break up in the atmosphere and that there will be only about 26 large pieces that make it to earth. They do not say what constitutes a large piece, but I feel good knowing that a scientist can be at least as specific as this. There is a 1 in 3200 chance of a person getting hit by some of this debris. That sounds high, but you have worse odds of getting struck by lightning, bit by a shark, and winning the lottery. I don’t know about you but I fell much better now.
When I was in the Navy, we had a message that came through and it was a bit strange at first and due to many of the unknowns it had been classified secret. It said that a Japanese fisherman had been killed by an object that fell from the sky while his boat was about 200 miles out in the Sea of Japan. As the day went by and the messages kept coming in, it got weird. Next it said that a fisherman was killed by a cow while his boat was about 200 miles out in the Sea of Japan. A few days went by and we got the summary of what had happened. A Soviet cargo plane was flying back from an undisclosed destination and one of the crew had purchased a cow and they brought it on board the plane. The cow apparently experienced some sort of panic or discomfort at 15000 feet and began to thrash around and broke its restraints so the crew lowered the loading ramp and pushed the cow from the plane. The cow fell, hit and killed a Japanese fisherman on his boat about 200 miles out in the Sea of Japan.
Once I was camping in my back yard under a tree and I had a pecan fall and hit me in the head and it woke me up, but that is the closest thing I have to a story that is personal when it comes to stuff falling from the sky.
About now I am thinking that I need to stay inside for the next day or two, or maybe do a lot of driving on curvy roads. If one of the large pieces falls and hits the building I am in, I am not sure that it will help me, but the insurance will at least pay for the building to be fixed and if it just happens to be my house, we need a new roof. If I am driving on a curvy roads it will be like running away from someone who is trying to shoot you. They say you should zig-zag as you run and it reduces the chance of getting hit.
I just had this funny thought of cops pulling all these cars over for the next few days thinking that they are all drunk drivers, but everyone telling the cop that the are reducing their chances of getting hit by something that falls from the sky.
I am not worried about this satellite or even a cow hitting me as it falls from the sky. I do still hate it when pecans hit my head as they fall from the tree. We have a pecan tree in our yard now that has really large pecans and they do hurt if they are falling from the top few limbs. But I don’t think they will kill me and if so, someone else will have to promise me that they will do a follow-up blog to this one and tell the world of my freakish death.
I was reading in the Old Testament book of Job this morning and this is what it says: Job 14:5 If the number of his days and the number of his months are determined by you (God), and you set his limit, then he cannot go past it. That means when it is our time, God will take us home. Nothing can change it and we should not live our lives as if we have forever. We should live for God and for His purpose that He has set for our lives. Live it fully and not worry about tomorrow because we are not promised tomorrow. God has great things for each of us to do and for some He has spectacular endings in store for us! You just never know what God has in store for the stuff that falls from the sky.

May 11, 2011

The Real Storm

by pastortimfowler

So last night I did a short blog about a storm of life, but little did I know that God was going to show me a real storm. Somewhere around 1am the first really loud clap of thunder rolled and woke me up. For the next couple of hours I was awake trying to calm the dogs. It was funny, I had no anxiety at all. I started thinking about how I had earlier blogged about a trial in my life that was testing my faith and my joy and peace. I think I am passing that one, but sometimes it is good to let others know that you aren’t as strong as you think. But as I was just reading my Bible this morning, I was reminded that when I am weak, God is strong and He is the source of all strength.
As the winds blew and the lightning flashed and the thunder shook the house, the power went out. As of 10am today it is still out at my house. It is funny how much noise little things make and when you lose power how quiet it can be. Quiet inside, but outside it allowed me to hear every raindrop and every limb that cracked.
I had heard that these were bad storms and that there was a chance of developing tornadoes. In the past few weeks other states have suffered incredible damage from storms and many lives were lost. As I lay in bed listening to the storm I was thinking about them. But it never crossed my mind that we could be in danger. God had given me an incredible peace and I just listened in amazement. I was not hearing God in the storm I was hearing His still calming voice. But wow He sure can create some awesome power.
I was told as a child that you can count from the time that you see the lightning until the time that you hear the thunder and for each second it takes to hear it, it equals about one mile of distance to where the lightning strikes. There were many times that I did not have to count. When you hear the thunder as soon as you see the lightning, you know that it is close. But as the storm moved on, that is what amazed me. There were times when I counted to ten before I heard the noise and then the low, long, window rattling rumble would start. To think that something that happened ten miles away could shake my windows with such intensity is amazing. The power of a storm is incredible. To think that a mighty oak tree can be slit in half by a lightening bolt or better yet, blown over by the wind is mind-boggling. These storms were nothing compared to what happened in other states in the past few weeks or the earthquake and tidal wave in Japan. All of this and it doesn’t even compare to the power of God who not only makes the storms but makes the universe that these storms exist in.
God has an incredible ability to allow devastating natural events to take place and in the middle of it all to allow His calm and protecting power to show up in great miracles and better yet, the small ones that we often take for granted in the way He just calms us in the midst of the real storm.