Knocking on my brain.

Years ago, while reading the Bible, I came across Isaiah 45:7. In that verse, God refers to the evil He creates. (KJV). It didn’t strike me any particular way at the time as I was caught up in the chapter and gist of its intent. For some reason, “The evil I do” got locked in my head. But I was younger then, working, mom, housewife – you know the drill – so I never did any research on it.

Retired now and having all the time in the world, when this verse came knocking on my brain again, I put other stuff down and decided to do some research. We all know God cannot ‘do’ evil, so what the heck is He talking about?

I pulled out of my bookshelves three Bibles; the Amplified Bible (very Protestant but a great concordance), a family Bible printed in 1940 (which is before ‘they’ stated taking verses out of the Bible and making other changes), and the King James Study Bible. The 1940 Bible uses the word ‘calamity’ in the place of the word ‘evil’. So I looked up calamity and the online Merriam-Webster Dictionary defined it as “a disastrous event marked by great loss and lasting distress and suffering”. So my thought process is – God creates ‘evil’ weather? Calamitous weather? Hmmm.

Then I looked up what causes hurricanes – a good question for Floridians and folks living in the Gulf States. This is what I found:

The three main components critical to the formation of a hurricane are warm water, moist warm air, and light upper winds. A hurricane begins when large masses of warm water and moist warm air come in contact with cooler air. This collision prompts the warm water vapor to cool down very fast and condense, eventually forming dense storm clouds and emptying out as heavy rain. During the condensation process, latent heat is emitted. This latent heat warms the cold air above, causing it to rise and pave the way for warmer and more humid air coming up from below, causing a cycle.

As the process continues, more warm air is attracted to the mounting storm, and more heat is moved from the ocean’s surface to the atmosphere. The constant heat exchange leads to a development in wind patterns that spin around a relatively calm center, similar to water spinning down a drain. If the conditions remain the same, meaning that there is enough fuel for the storm to continue developing, the rotating storm becomes even more powerful, eventually becoming a hurricane. As the hurricane continues to strengthen, an opening at the center known as the “eye” will form.  (from Science ABC – online)

That was simple enough even I could understand it. Then ‘tornados’ came to mind and my research showed me this: “

What Causes a Tornado? / How do Tornadoes Form?

A lot of people wonder: “How do tornadoes form?” These severe weather events typically stem from thunderstorms, although they don’t have to.

Wind shear is one of the most critical components for the formation of a tornado. Wind shear is the change of direction and speed of the wind with height. This can create a horizontal spinning effect within a storm cell. The rotating air of an updraft meets the rotating air of a downdraft and creates that iconic and scary funnel cloud you’re probably used to seeing.

Typically, this combination of winds can happen when moist, warm air meets cool, dry air. When these air masses meet, they create instability in the atmosphere, which allows wind to change direction, move faster, get higher, and start that rotation we mentioned above.” (from earthnetworks.com)

Finally, I went to my priest, Fr. Ellis, and asked him bluntly – do storms and tornadoes and natural disasters just happen or are they God-directed. Was God mad at New Orleans and so Katrina hit? His response was, “My personal belief is nothing can happen, good or bad, in the universe without GOD in full control, therefore nothing happens without God’s permission and its ultimate purpose, like in New Orleans, is the mystery. It’s raining now and just imagine if it was controlled by one angry 😤 person…”

All this research brings me to this; God created everything. Yes, the secular people and scientists will tell us these are normal, explainable occurrences. It’s true, through science, we have greatly improved our knowledge and understanding of them. But one has to wonder – is it chance only? Or is Someone trying to tell us something?

I suspect it will continue to knock on my brain.

23 Responses to Knocking on my brain.

  1. the unit says:

    Ah, perhaps necessary to experience a dystopian culture as a reminder of man’s limitations of being able to create a utopian one. 🙂
    Seems to be cyclic.
    https://www.peacenews.info/node/3696/everywhere-and-nowhere-utopian-possibilities-culture-and-society

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    • audremyers says:

      That was quite some article, Unit!

      America is utopia; we are a dysfunctional utopia but as close to utopia as we are ever going to get. The outcome of the November election will change the world.

      Maybe WE are the witnesses talked about in the Bible.

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  2. the unit says:

    Oh and Andre, God works His will in wondrous ways. Hurricanes do more than cool the oceans as science has said. They open up neighborhoods for new folks. After the ’47 hurricane that crossed Florida and continued to Louisiana, dad was able to afford the beach front lot and build his and our home on the Gulf of Mexico that I grew up on and in.
    Tornados? I don’t have a clue about them. 🙂

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  3. audremyers says:

    Unit – I hesitate to say this as we move into August (which is the month for excited little hurry-canes; September is for the big boys) – but tucked up out of the way as we are here (the bottom of the little thumb on the west side of the State), I think the 20s, when John’s Pass was created, is the last hurricane to hit this area. But don’t repeat it and don’t talk about it to anyone; I don’t want us to get hit with “100 year hurricane”, lol!!!

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    • the unit says:

      Yeah, certainly hope that’s the case. Maw-in-law lived 60+ years in Ormond Beach and never hit. A few skidded by like David and etc. others from days gone by.
      Guess there was a message for me. ’47, Betsy, Camille, Katrina. I came to the fork in the road and took it, i.e. 133 feet above sea level nowadays. If that ain’t enough, I’ll grasp my rubber ducky and hold on.
      P.S. Just re-stocking my usual hurricane stuff, propane, matches, canned food, H20, some gasoline. No “burn, baby, burn” foolishness.

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      • audremyers says:

        There are two schools of thought on hurricane preparedness. The first is to police your immediate area for things that may become air-born, check you building for any repairs – loose shutters, wobbly mailbox, that sort of thing; extra food, candles and batteries. The second is to buy a case of beer.

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        • the unit says:

          That’s for a neighbor you like. Ice, ice box and several cases for me, for at least several days.
          That’s because now after all these years, I finally elite enough to track out of the area to a motel in Georgia when beer runs out. 🙂

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  4. audremyers says:

    According the award winning, crack, expert meteorologist I live with, you can’t outrun a hurricane, so buy a second case.

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  5. audremyers says:

    Unit – from your mouth to God’s ear.

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  6. the unit says:

    I’m just reminiscing and in my dreams, recompensing in there best I can recall before/about dawn when I SMH and splash water on my face.
    Best not give details. Am what I am.
    Just sayin…

    P.S. Just heard I got to wear a mask to see my grands (5:30 pm 7/25/20)

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    • audremyers says:

      Well, just for perspective, Unit, my grands – and great grands – are in Texas.

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      • the unit says:

        Not sure they (yours) safe anymore either. 🙂
        Momma born in Longview. Plenty more kin ther-abouts.
        Just know about those in Houston, and around Dallas.
        A search on Google shows I got more than I knew about, over the last 40 years. 🙂
        Think I’ll let it ride sally ride and we’ll get it on.

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        • audremyers says:

          Mine are outside Arlington – home of Cowboy Stadium.

          Love that song.

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        • the unit says:

          Was fun. Just our day for comments it seems. Didn’t know it would be. Would be just more “evil” as I suggested that was all this turmoil (dys-stuff) going on today that makes us appreciate how good we got it (as you said)…and going to keep it that way. 🙂

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