Hurricane Sandy, related storms and their aftermath remind us that we humans are not in control of nature and the occasional natural disasters.
We do have some control over how we respond. I cringe when people who refused to evacuate do not refuse, indeed invite, rescuers to risk their lives coming to the assistance of the non-compliers. I guess they are entitled to change their minds after such a dangerous mistake in judgement. Maybe I would not evacuate either, but I would feel guilty about then needing assistance.
When we face disasters together, we share fears and witness acts of heroism. We feel connected. We are connected by the shared experience, at least, and for most, by shared responses of helping one another. Many of us turn to the Lord in prayer.
Rain can be good. We longed for it during the wildfires last summer. Too much can be destructive, such as with hurricanes and flooding.
The Bible reminds us that rain does not come as a reward or punishment for individuals based on merit. “Rain falls on the just and the unjust.” It falls on the general public, of which we are all members.