Updated: Nov 7, 2020
*Words of wisdom for inspirational thought are at the end of the story!
JUST AND UNJUST
“Unbelievable,” George breathed, shaking his head. “I have never seen anything like this.”
“Like what?” Vonda asked, swiveling around in her chair to get a closer look at George’s computer screen.
“Felicia is turning,” he replied excitedly. “It’s taking a sharp westward turn before it makes landfall. A westward turn during the approach to landfall is something I have rarely seen in my thirty years in meteorology.”
“That can’t be,” Vonda stared at the screen. “Are you sure? None of our models projected that type of movement. Have you double checked your coordinates?”
“Triple checked them after my initial double take,” George replied. “We need to get this new trajectory up the line quickly. This new information needs to be communicated and approved so they can update all of the news outlets and the people who’ll be taking a direct hit can start making plans.”
“I’m on it!”
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“Hey George,” Vonda began, taking a seat beside him in the breakroom as he sipped on coffee, “you’re not going to believe what Reverend Brimstone released to the news agencies this afternoon.”
George’s brow furrowed. “Who?”
“You know,” Vonda leaned in closer for emphasis, “the Reverend Ezekiel Brimstone. The head pastor of The Only Way Church of God. That reverend.”
“No, I heard you,” George replied before taking a large gulp of coffee. “I’ve just never heard of him or his church.”
Vonda waved away his confusion. “That’s beside the point. So, anyway, Reverend Brimstone just announced this morning that Felicia changed its path because of the fervent prayers of God’s people. The storm had been tracked to barrel toward their church and organizational headquarters, but now since it’s turning he says it’s going to slam into an area that is known as “Sin City.” According to him, God is blessing his church and congregation for their faith and bringing punishment on “Sin City” for their, well you know, sins. Isn’t that wild?”
George burst out laughing. “That’s wild all right.”
“Wait, no,” Vonda grabbed her phone to access the church’s website, “that’s not what I mean. He said the power of prayer did this. That’s what I mean is wild. Prayer changed the path of the storm.” She handed George the phone so he could read the article for himself.
Once he’d finished, George removed his reading glasses and handed Vonda back her phone. “Do you follow this guy?” he asked in as neutral of a tone as he could muster.
Suddenly sheepish, Vonda stuttered, “Well, I uh, used to, my family went to his church. He really has helped a lot of people, including myself, walk the straight and narrow path of righteousness.” George studied Vonda a moment, nodding slowly. Just as he was about to open his mouth to speak, she blurted, “So, what do you think?”
“What do I think about what?” George retorted.
“What do you think about what Reverend Brimstone said? About prayer and the storm?”
“Well, I – ”
“Because, like I said, he’s helped me personally and so many others, and yes, I’m happy that they won’t see a direct hit, but I don’t want anyone to receive a direct hi; it’s going to be a major hurricane by the time it makes landfall. So I just don’t know how I feel about what he’s said.” She pursed her lips. “I know you’re not religious, but I consider you to be wise and I would really appreciate your thoughts on this.”
George was silent for a few long seconds, deciding how he was going to approach this obviously sensitive topic with Vonda without offending her. “Well,” he sighed, “I think the laws of nature are the laws of nature and the atmosphere is the atmosphere, and both of these elements govern weather. Yes, we can project what we think it’s going to do based on the information we receive and track probable courses to movement and development, but all we can do is make forecasts based on probability; this is not a perfect science. If we cannot predict the certainty of tomorrow’s normal weather pattern, does it not stand to reason no matter how many sophisticated models we have we cannot predict with absolute certainty a severe weather event that includes continuously changing atmospheric conditions and pressures?
“Personally, I do not believe that prayer can change a weather pattern not because I do not believe in prayer, but because I do not believe God picks or plays favorites, like Reverend Brimstone suggested. Although I’m not religious, I do consider myself spiritual. I will share with you a quote from the Holy Bible, the same scripture your Reverent Brimstone preaches from. I believe it will answer your question much better than I can. Jesus said it best when he stated…
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“God maketh the sun to rise on the evil and the good
and sendeth the rain on the just and the unjust.”
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