How to Weather a Storm

I can be a bit of a hermit sometimes. My brother from Manitoba called me last night to ask about the flooding in Calgary. I told him, “Oh, it’s probably nothing. Calgary can flood pretty easily in some areas.” Was I ever wrong. I hadn’t heard the news, other than a little bit of radio as I drove the two minutes to my in-laws and back. I really don’t spend much time watching the news I guess. Today we did though.

It’s absolutely astounding what a little water is capable of, and the havoc that it wreaks on peoples lives. I can’t imagine what it must be like for those who have lost their homes and possessions. I can’t say that I have ever had to cope with that specific kind of disaster in my own life, but today has given me ample opportunity to think about it.

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The rain is falling all over Alberta threatening flooding everywhere from Medicine Hat to Edmonton from what I’ve heard on the radio. Here on our farm, the yard may be wet and the dugout may be spilling over, but we have relatively little to fear. Tonight, we were caught out of nowhere by a sudden hailstorm. Nothing too damaging, but furious for a few minutes. I watched our sheep shake their heads bewildered as they were pelted with the driving ice pellets. Scrambling across the yard, a few found shelter under one of the grain bins and waited out the worst of it, while most took shelter under the trees or inside the barn.

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I headed out to take a picture of them, and by the time I got there, the storm was already subsiding. The poor wet ewes trotted away happy to find the next patch of green grass.

By the time I got back to the house, the sun was beginning to shine, and I could see blue sky again. It was the perfect condition for a rainbow, and I was disappointed that I didn’t see one, but we did get a few minutes of glorious sunshine illuminating the saturated landscape. I wondered though, with all the rain falling in Alberta if somewhere there wasn’t a rainbow shining. I imagined what a contrast that would be to see a bright rainbow right above the flooded streets of Calgary: apparent chaos overshadowed by complete sovereignty.

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In Genesis 8 and 9, after God graciously saved 8 people and all animal life from the global flood, he placed the first rainbow in the sky as the signature of His promise to never flood the entire world again, and He spoke these words, “As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.”

It is tempting to see the predictions of the anthropogenic climate change alarmists as being fulfilled by the recent natural disasters around North America, to feel that maybe, just maybe the environment is spiralling out of control. However, time will show that the Creator of this world is in complete control. That not a molecule of matter is outside of His sovereignty. How do I know this? Because, if there were forces beyond His control, He could never have made the promises that He did when he put the rainbow in the sky. And, in case you’re wondering, His track record on those promises so far is 100% perfect.

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So, other than sheep being pelted with hail, why does a story about natural disasters and God’s sovereignty belong on a blog about our sheep farm? Well, it all came together in my mind as I considered the crisis situation that most sheep farms are in right now thanks to the brutally low lamb market. Really, it doesn’t matter what you are doing in life, from time to time all of us will be hit with hard times and crisis. These situations can be almost anything, from having your house swept away in a flood, to having a child die, to loosing your farm because of factors beyond your control, but they all have this in common: they have the ability to shake us at the very root of our being and cause us to ask questions that we never thought we’d face. I don’t have time to get into all of it here, but I firmly believe that these moments are divinely appointed to accomplish something of God’s will. We may not see it now, we may not even see it in this lifetime, but rest assured that all things serve a purpose, a very good purpose… Even bad lamb prices.

-Miles

If you want to talk more about these things, drop me a line. I’d love to talk with you.

Our prayers are with each of the people affected by the ongoing flooding.

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