Reflections about the weather

Whether in summer or in winter, somebody is always complaining about the weather. One person thinks it’s too cold, the other says it is too hot. It is too dry, or it is raining too much. Does nature satisfy anybody at all?
Scientists are permanently busy with research trying to improve the weather forecast. As we are not able to manipulate the weather, we at least want to know in advance what it will be like in the near future.
Yet who is responsible for the weather? Who decides to pour out rain, to let it snow or to let the sun shine?

Do you know the book Job in the Old Testament of the Bible? Job and his friends have been discussing for a long time what might be God’s plans with mankind, and whether God would be just in all his acting towards man. Towards the end of the book God personally answers Job "out of the whirlwind" as it is said in chapter 38, verse 1:

Have you since your days commanded the morning? Have you caused the dawn to know its place,

Have you entered into the storehouses of the snow, and have you seen the treasuries of the hail,

By what way is the light parted, and the east wind scattered upon the earth? Who has divided a channel for the rain-flood, and a way for the thunder's flash; To cause it to rain on the earth, where no one is; on the wilderness wherein there is not a man; To satisfy the desolate and waste ground, and to cause the sprout of the grass to spring forth? Has the rain a father? or who begets the drops of dew? Out of whose womb comes the ice? and the hoary frost of heaven, who brings it forth?

Do you lift up your voice to the clouds, that floods of waters may cover you? Do you send forth lightnings that they may go, and say to you, Here we are? (Job 38, Verse 12, 22, 24 – 29, 34 – 35)

Have you ever reflected upon all this? At times children ask, "Where does this or that in nature come from?" We human beings consider ourselves to be so clever and often so independent. We want to be free, we want to decide ourselves what we will do when. That is all right. Yet we definitely don’t have any influence on the weather. Nature has the power, and we simply have to face this fact.

Scientists are already able to forecast quite well whether it will rain or not within the next hours, yet even with the best instruments of the world it is not possible to precisely forecast the weather for more than a maximum of three days.

Who is responsible for the weather? Who has the power to decide how warm or cold it will be the next day?

Some people answer, "Well that’s nature. It depends on how the winds blow high up in the atmosphere." Yet who made this nature? Did nature happen to start to exist after one initial" explosion"? I really cannot think of something like that. Nature is much too perfect as to result from a coincident.

According to the opinion of us Christians there is a Creator who created the whole universe including our planet Earth, and who thus also created the weather. This Creator we call God.

This infinitely intelligent God who claims to be responsible for the whole universe, nevertheless has time to look at each individual one of us human beings. In Job 34, 21 we read:

For his eyes are upon the ways of man, and he sees all his steps.

It really is recommended once to read the whole book of Job.

So since the beginning of all times we have been at the mercy of weather. All that we can do is trying to get along with it as well as possible.

Yet then 2000 years ago suddenly a man came up. One day when he had been together with his friends in a small boat in the middle of a large lake, a heavy storm started to blow. Yet he remained all calm. His friends were already trembling to death. Yet what did he do?

He rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, "Silence; be mute." And the wind fell, and there was a great calm. (Mark 4, 39)

So one single time in the whole history of mankind there had been somebody who had such an enormous amount of authority that he was able to command the weather with his word. Can you imagine that?

Can you imagine getting into a heavy storm, and then there is somebody passing by who simply says, "Stop," and immediately the storm is over?

When reading the whole story in the Gospel of Mark, then you will learn, that the friends of this man asked him for help. This was the reason why he rebuked the storm.

This man who has this authority is Jesus, the Son of God, God himself. As creator of the whole universe he also has the power to dominate over the weather and for a certain period of time to change the laws of nature.

Yet now comes the greatest part of this whole story: In the same way as these disciples at that time asked Jesus for help, we today may come up to God with all our desires, and we may ask him for help. God is able to help us, and He also does it when we seriously ask – and when we trust that He is the centre of our lives.

In order to learn more about God and Jesus it is good to read the Bible.