Around 7:00 pm this past Tuesday, west-bound I-90 was closed due to freezing rain, drifting snow, and avalanche danger. About 25 minutes later east-bound I-90 was closed due to ice which caused multiple semi-trucks to spin-out. East-bound I-90 reopened after only a few hours around 10PM; only to close again 4 hours later due to fallen trees and continued icy conditions. I-90 remained closed throughout the whole day Wednesday. East-bound I-90 finally opened just before 4:00 pm on Thursday and west-bound lanes opened just before 6:00 pm. Despite all of our modern technology, machinery and massive equipment… Despite our understanding of weather patterns, meteorology, and forecasting… Despite how great and powerful we think we have become (insert tongue into cheek and read Genesis 11:1-9)… Despite all of these things, we still live at the mercy of the weather. Winds, rain, snow, hail, lightning, extreme temperature changes, drought, flooding, tornado’s, hurricanes, cyclones, earthquakes and tsunami’s… We may be able to label them, we have learned how to clean up after them, but we cannot control them.
I am still amazed by the power and beauty of nature. But when I consider that God is in control of all of that power and for Him it is of no effect I am rendered speechless. God is not merely in control of all of that power, He created all of the elements and set them in motion. The book of Job records the great power of God revealed in nature: “God thunders marvelously with His voice; He does great things that we cannot comprehend. For He says to the snow, “Fall to the earth,” and the torrential rains, His mighty torrential rains, serve as His sign to all mankind, so that all men may know His work. The wild animals enter lairs and stay in their dens. The windstorm comes from its chamber, and the cold from the driving north winds. Ice is formed by the breath of God, and watery expanses are frozen. He saturates clouds with moisture; He scatters His lightning through them. They swirl about, turning round and round at His direction, accomplishing everything He commands them over the surface of the inhabited world. He causes this to happen for punishment, for His land, or for His faithful love.” (Job 37:5-13) What an awesome God we have!
Paul will tell the church in Rome, that “what can be known about God is evident…For His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen since the creation of the world, being understood through what He has made.” (Romans 1:19-20) God’s creation and the weather are some of the most powerful testimonies to the greatness of our God. Just something to rememberer as you shovel snow again this week—winter isn’t over yet!