Bad storm, no electricity and no phone...and Easter
March 26, 2016 11:07pm CST
So, I suppose that my wish for warm weather will be put on hold just a little bit longer. A few days ago we had a storm. A very bad storm. The power went out-for more then a day. Our phones lines went down. And they are still down. After the storm had stopped, and I hammered about 2 inches of ice of the car, I drove into the next village to try and use the pay phone and...their phone line was down too. The entire village was without power. The trees looked beautiful with the thick ice on them, except...well, some trees started snapping in half. And then driving, some of the ice fell off a branch and hit my windshield "THUD"-I'm lucky that it didn't shatter and I'm lucky it didn't hit me. Actually, it was all really beautiful and kinda awe inspiring that such weather really shut down such a large area, it was humbling in a sense, the kinda thing that makes one think for all the technology we have, something very small can reduce that. It's the kinda thing that can remind us that we aren't the ultimate power in the universe-that statement hardly needs refutation because we know in our heads that that is true, and some of us are reminded that everyday by the things we see, we see illness which we can't defeat , we see poverty and a million other horrible things but in some sense, sometimes we, or at least I, still have this idea, and then... Almost like nature whispered "Hush, and I'll tell you a story where you will be able to hear your own thoughts for a while..."... As it happened, it was Maundy Thursday, and my thoughts were on the Eucharist, and not only that but the entire scene in the Gospel where Jesus says to the disciples "Love one another...by this will everyone know that you are my disciples, if you love one another..."... He did not say by this everyone will know you are my disciples, if you can correctly recite proper theology, but rather, a living and vital understanding of what it meant to be His follower. In reality, I think as Christians it is easy to say "Jesus is Lord", but what that actually means beyond the statement is sometimes lost. To say "Jesus is Lord" is more then theological or intellectual assertion-it is not an abstract but has practical implications. So, it was kinda fitting for the mood-no power, no phone, and quiet reflection.
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• United States
27 Mar 16
Wow. You did some reflection indeed. I agree its very humbling when these things happen. It also makes me realize how dependent we are on thingslike electricity, phones and so forth. I like thebasic human instinct to help others that comes out during these events. Whenever there is a huge snowstorm here -you see neighbors on every block trying to help strangers get their cars unstuck or whatever. I like that also. Glad you are safe and also made time for your pondering. BUT I do hope the electricity comes on soon if it hasnt already!!
29 Mar 16
First of all, I hope that you are well! We can learn about God from the Bible and also through nature. Some yeas ago I had no power for about a week during a January ice storm. Imagine what would happen if God turned the sun off for a few days? Nature can teach us the importance of humility. I find this very sobering: Job 38:22-23New International Version (NIV) 22 “Have you entered the storehouses of the snow or seen the storehouses of the hail, 23 which I reserve for times of trouble, for days of war and battle?
29 Mar 16
What are you trying to say by this comment? "He did not say by this everyone will know you are my disciples" John 13:34-35 Young's Literal Translation (YLT) 34 `A new commandment I give to you, that ye love one another; according as I did love you, that ye also love one another; 35 in this shall all know that ye are my disciples, if ye may have love one to another.'
30 Mar 16
@1hopefulman Yes, that is what I was attempting to say but my English is, well not always that great and is a little difficult to follow;). In the comment I was stating the difference between one saying "yes to God", as Christ said, or calling Jesus Lord akin to His statement "Why do you call me "Lord Lord" and not do what I command?" Anyone can quote the Bible, even Satan did that, but one of the signs Christ gave of knowing who a disciple was was based on their love for one another-the practical outworking and goal of His command. Following Jesus as Lord is not mere mental agreement, but rather the Biblical definition of faith is that of something active...as the brother of the Lord said "you believe there is one God? You do well, the demons also believe!"
1 Apr 16
@HebrewGreekStudies I agree with you as the religion that is acceptable is based on facts and not false words. Jesus and all the apostles were killed and they did not kill anyone. That is true Christ-like love. This life is temporary, the next everlasting.
• Johannesburg, South Africa
31 Mar 16
@HebrewGreekStudies , I am so glad you are okay, and that your windshield held against that ice hitting it! Yes, nature has a way of reminding us we are not the be all and end all, we are but human. I hope spring will soon turn warm for you.