The Loudmouth Protestant

August 19, 2007

Hurricanes: Has God Grown Tired Of Us?

Filed under: God,Hurricane Dean,hurricanes — nickisym @ 10:13 pm

For the past few days I have been watching the coverage of Hurricane Dean, the hurricane that is now bearing down on Jamaica and the Caribbean. I usually wouldn’t watch so furiously, but for once it applies to me because on Thursday I am supposed to be on a plane to Jamaica to watch my cousin get married. My initial thought was, “God, I really do need a vacation, please don’t batter the place.” But then, it’s bigger than my need for R&R. I became concerned for the people that live in Jamaica that are bearing the brunt of the hurricane’s effect even now as a I type. Of course I am also worried because I don’t want this to effect my cousin’s wedding. I am sure him and his fiancee have put much planning into their nuptials and it would be much too difficult to re-route all of the family that is gathering.

As I was combing through the news, I noticed one headline that said “Hurricane Dean claims three lives.” I was utterly disturbed by this because it implied or actually it explicitly stated this hurricane was responsible for taking lives. It made me wonder, why this way? Then I thought about Hurricane Katrina and the lives that were lost. And even in watching the “eye” of the storm and knowing that wherever the “eye” of a storm hits, there is sure to be immense damage, just freaked me out.

Well I guess I will never really understand the way of hurricanes and why God might or might not have chosen such a drastic way to wipe out entire populations and destroy people’s livelihood. All I can do is pray for the people of Jamaica now while the “eye” of the storm is upon them.

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1 Comment »

  1. Let’s see…how deep should I go? I guess I’ll tread on the surface and say that water is symbolic of cleansing and has always been. I’m not saying that God ordains tsunamis and hurricanes as a way of cleansing the land, but that’s what He used to do. We’re talking about hurricanes and storms that last for a few days at the most and leave considerable amounts of damage…can you imagine what it was like for 40 days, and you’re on an ark with a bunch of animals? For 40 days? I can’t even walk past the zoo without holding my breath at the sudden stench that accosts my nose…but I guess Noah and his folks got used to it. I guess I’d rather have been on the ark than not…But just like then, I think a dove is on the horizon…(I said I wouldn’t go deep, I didn’t say I wouldn’t be corny 😉

    Comment by Tarani — August 31, 2007 @ 12:11 am | Reply


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