While I was in the St. Louis area I saw a lot of the flooding up close and personal. The Bob's Creek Levee broke while I was there and that meant about 60 more homes in Winfield, Missouri were going to get flooded. The people of Clarksville, Missouri had built sand bag levees around their individual homes, businesses, churches, and were trying desperately to preserve the historic buildings of the town. The exhaustion, frustration, and anxiety could be visibly seen in the faces of the people battling the forces of mother nature.
On this date in 1991a cyclone in Bangladesh killed over 131,000 people and left 9 million people homeless. That piece of information makes the current midwest flooding look rather insignificant, but for those affected by the rising waters it is no less painful. Our country has certainly seen a variety of weather related catastrophes in recent years.
As we gear up for another quick blast of snow here in Wyoming, let us keep in prayer all those suffering from natural disasters. Long after the tv cameras have left devastated areas the rebuilding and the healing continues for these broken communities for months and even years after the event.
I sometimes wonder why we have tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, cyclones, or why we move from drought conditions to flooding, from warmth back to blizzards, and a multitude of other meterological phenomena. However, I will simply have to trust that the hand of Almighty God is working through it all. I will have to pray more slowly the words from the Book of Daniel chapter 3 verses 57 through 88.
"Let us bless the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Let us praise and exalt Him forever."