Last night, Sandy made our patio furniture start rolling around on our porch and trash cans fly in the street. I expected to wake up this morning without electricity. But we still have electricity. My students will be dismayed that classes will run as usual today.
The Internet is abuzz with the damage done to New York City, and I’m sure that later it will be abuzz with images of the aftermath.
Lord, hear our prayer.
Bible passages about storms are coming to my mind today, and I think they’re relevant for both the exterior storms and the interior storms.
11 The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.”
Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before theLord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lordwas not in the earthquake. 12 After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. 13 When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave. — I Kings 19:11-13a
God is not the storm.
22 One day Jesus said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side of the lake.” So they got into a boat and set out. 23 As they sailed, he fell asleep. A squall came down on the lake, so that the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger.
24 The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!”
He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm.25 “Where is your faith?” he asked his disciples.
In fear and amazement they asked one another, “Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him.” — Luke 8:22-25
God can calm the storm.
I don’t understand this supernatural story, but I like it for its mystery. If meditation and yoga are one way to calm internal storms, I wonder what their equivalents are for external storms?