News bulletins over the past few weeks seem to have been dominated by natural disasters reminding us of the phenomenal power of nature, with the North American continent particularly badly affected.
2017 has been officially declared British Columbia’s worst wildfire season since records began in 1950. Between April 1 and mid-August, 894,491 hectares were burned. Even now in September, there are thousands of British Columbians still under evacuation order and evacuation alert.
In the US, August saw the devastation wreaked by Hurricane Harvey, reported as “the most powerful hurricane to hit Texas in more than fifty years, with damage estimated at tens of billions of dollars” (The Daily Telegraph, August 30). The death toll has reached seventy. Hard on its heels came Hurricane Irma, described by the New York Times as “one of the strongest storms in history”, and its effects are still being felt as this article is written.
Surely, events like these ought to remind us how vulnerable we are in such circumstances, and how thankful we should be for the promise of a world renewed at the return of Christ, whose disciples exclaimed:
“What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?” (Mark 4:41).
(with thanks to Brother Roger Long)
[For a more detailed consideration of this subject, please see October’s issue of The Christadelphian.]