Day 360 All the believers were one in heart and mind.

The North of England is under many flood warnings with all the rivers flooding and many other areas. I needed to not go far to see this flooding as I only stepped into the garden, or should I say waded into a pond. The garden looks like a local pond and the water is starting to flow into the outer corridor between the house and the outhouse.

Job 38

Who do you suppose carves canyons
    for the downpours of rain, and charts
    the route of thunderstorms
That bring water to unvisited fields,
    deserts no one ever lays eyes on,
Drenching the useless wastelands
    so they’re carpeted with wildflowers and grass?
And who do you think is the father of rain and dew,
    the mother of ice and frost?
You don’t for a minute imagine
    these marvels of weather just happen, do you?

So my lawn is looking like there are many plants growing, it is showing signs of a wondrous diverse area that will spring up anew.

The mud hut is seemingly unaffected, apart from water in the dug out mud section, but that has been the same for a while as I wait to a dry season.

wet garden

After reading this verse from Job 38, I do not think that for a minute God is angry, or that He has called down rains to punish anyone. That seems a simplistic view of God.

God has certainly built this wonderful earth and all of its natural laws, and perhaps he very seldom (in our view of time!) reaches into these natural laws to intervene, but He sees things that happen that we can not.

Weather doesn’t just happen, there are natural laws that it follows. The weather is affected by the moon, by the solar flares and by many other aspects that I can not even behold, I can only imagine these other elements, but they are all following laws set in place by God. But just as the sunrise and sunset are wondrous to behold, so are the other aspects of weather. But we must be careful as not to be foolish running off to take pictures of floods and such, there are warnings for a reason.

Perhaps these times are best for gathering together, for helping in a community, for pooling resources and being one big family. After all that is what the early Christians did, and none went without.

Acts 4:32

All the believers were one in heart and mind.
No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own,
but they shared everything they had.

So let us go forward and help all that are in need.

Dear Lord, help those affected by the weather through the love of others. Shine your light, as Jesus shined his light through actions and still does, through people on earth, through your children that you have created, and we thank you for you wisdom and understanding and patience to stay with us through all trials.

Amen

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