How many times have you heard or asked this question this year, "What is going on?" It seems that the rough weather is increasing, or is it? The number of hurricanes on the Atlantic is forecast to be way down this year. Or are the "hurricanes" happening here on the prairies? 200 millimeters (8 inches) of rain in a couple of days is not usual here in the dry great plains. The more common comment is that when Noah was in the ark, southern Saskatchewan got a quarter of an inch.
One of the things that the weather patterns does do is become a major topic of conversation. Perhaps this may alleviate some of the criticism about others because we have the weather to discuss. And of course there are the jokes: "What comes after two days of rain?" "Monday." But when we see the flooding of houses, businesses, cabins and even hospitals, it is nor a laughing matter.
Perhaps one of the best things that results from the disasters is the return of "community". The Bible tells us to love our neighbor as we love ourselves. It says "Do unto others what you would like them to do to you." In our modern day, "instant" seeking world, under normal circumstances, many have little if any time to help a neighbor. The present situation seems to be bringing "neighborliness" back to our vocabulary and lives. Instead of a "Me first" competitive mood, many are taking the time to help others and also learning to receive help themselves. For too long, our world has emphasized "independence" rather than "interdependence".
As we study the Bible, the times that the Church or the Chosen people had trouble is when they went their own way. When Saul knew better than God, when people chose idols over the true God, when the concern was "What will people think?", the Church suffered because it had moved its focus away from Jesus and the gracious God and placed it on themselves and on what they wanted. Each of us need to ask, "Am I part of the problem?" "Am I allowing others to do more because I do not want to work for others?" "Is my self-centeredness hurting others?", and answer these questions honestly. When Jesus called His disciples, He said, "Follow Me." As you and I follow Jesus, we will be compassionate and serving even as He was. Our witness to Him will speak loudly in our actions, all the while, pointing to Jesus as the source of love and mercy.
This summer, pray for guidance that the Holy Spirit will lead each of us to find ways of serving and caring for others in the name of Jesus, showing His love to all.