The Rev writes…
I’ll not lie, as I sit writing this, summer looks like its flat-lined! What’s going on with the weather? Last week, whilst on phase two of our ‘holiday’ seeing family and a couple of friends down south – the weather was worse there than it was up here at home. One day it pelted down continually – all day. My nephew had managed to put up his mega-tent in my sister’s garden the day before, just prior to rain starting. It rained solidly for a day and a half! Oh well, mustn’t grumble.
It was funny though watching him work – he had bought it as it was possible for one person to put it up – very handy when you have a one year old. It took him about an hour and he said that with a bit of practice he would be able to do it in 15 minutes. The tent is huge – various ‘rooms’; porch area, general area for living in and bedroom pods that could be zipped together in different configurations. When he had a ‘carpet’ delivered for the living area I realized that camping has changed quite a bit since I was in the Girl Guides as it was called then. In fact, the tent looked bigger than quite a few houses round and about. His own garden was not big enough for him to practice pitching it there, so dear old mum and dad came to the rescue. Fortunately, after the day and a half of rain, it stopped and the tent dried out – it hadn’t leaked either – bonus!
You might be wondering why I’m going on about the weather – it crops us quite a lot in the Bible – often when it is unusual – think of the Flood in Genesis, Elijah praying that there would be no rain – for three years (1 Kings 17 & 18), and in the New Testament the parable of the wise and foolish builders (Matt 7), the storm on Lake Galilee (Mark 4) and so on. There are many others that you might be able to recall. A final one to recall – in Joshua 10.11 it mentions great hailstones falling on the Amorites and killing them. I remember hearing someone preach on this and they said that of course, this would not really have happened as hailstones were not that big! I had to put him right on that one after the service – I’d seen huge hailstones when we lived in New York and they could easily have killed a person. I guess it goes to show that something outside of our own experience can seem unreal.
It could be a project for you over the summer to look up weather events in the Bible (google might help with this!) See if you can find any meaning in these stories and events that might point us to a deeper understanding of God. What teaching points are being made through them?
As we hope for good days ahead; peaceful days with some sunshine, a bit of a nice breeze and some decent warmth from the sun, I do hope that you are able to spend time with family and friends and maybe go away for a break from home and the routines that you are following day to day. We continue to hope for life to return to something resembling normal, yet are mindful that there is still a way to go. A summer reprieve will be most welcome and hopefully we shall see the science on the virus going in the right direction. Let’s pray with hope for better times and give thanks for family, friends, church, community and our shared faith in Jesus Christ.
Revd Gerri Tetzlaff
Revd Gerri Tetzlaff