How Do You React To An Extreme Weather Forecast?

Just a few observations gleaned from experiencing “extreme” weather conditions over the years on the farm:

There are some things not even the most powerful human being or group of human beings can control. The weather is one. We can study its cause, look for trends, forecast its effect, and make feeble efforts to prepare for it, but we cannot control it.

Attitude goes a long way in determining the effect uncontrollable circumstances have upon us. We can control our own attitude, but that’s all we can control.  Attitudes can be contagious. So, if we have a negative attitude toward the uncontrollable, we need to be considerate with whom we share it. And if we are susceptible to developing negative attitudes, we need to be careful about who we allow to influence us.

Young people do not realize how young and inexperienced they really are. Middle aged people don’t realize how “yold” (Yes, this is a made-up word.) they really are; they don’t realize how much they should have already learned, but how little they apparently have. And old people do not realize how much their experiences have changed their ability to deal with “extreme” weather.  Every age group considers itself almost invincible, often making plans, starting projects, or heading down the highway without considering the “what ifs” that inevitably will occur.

Water is essential to a healthy life and can be enjoyed when consumed and used in the proper form and quantity. However, like most any essential element, water can be hazardous and/or fatal when a massive amount is consumed or when a major amount falls from the sky within just a short period of time.

Being able to semi-accurately forecast the future is advantageous, but it can also produce unnecessary fear and dread, especially when we cannot control the events being forecast.

Although written about God’s message to Joshua, Joshua 1:9 might very well apply to us today because we have received many similar promises:

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

“And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you.” (Psalm 9:10)

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