Friday, December 18, 2009

Climate Change

In honor of the Copenhagen climate conference, I thought I'd share my experience of just how far the tentacles of the climate dogma had reached.

Porter at Robertsfield

As we were landing at dusk, I was excited to see the ocean on our approach.  Rolling waves, endless white beach, wet sand.  I realized that we had approach before!  Then the plane banked, and headed out to the ocean as the pilot came on and said, “As you noticed, we’re not landing right now.  There’s a thunderstorm right over the airport, so we’re going to circle over the ocean for 15 minutes.”  That’s right – it was WET sand I saw.  A thunderstorm?  In January during the middle of dry season? 
Sure enough, it stopped, we landed, and an hour and a half later we were done with immigration, customs, and locating all 18 pieces of our checked luggage.  As we went outside in the warm muggy night, I asked a porter about the rain.  “It’s been raining for a week”, he said.  “Climate change!”

The entire exchange reminds me of Job, and I am reminded of who God is, and His power and might, compared to me.
Job 38:  Then the LORD answered Job from the whirlwind:  "Who is this that questions my wisdom with such ignorant words?  Brace yourself, because I have some questions for you, and you must answer them.

 "Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell me, if you know so much.  Do you know how its dimensions were determined and who did the surveying?  What supports its foundations, and who laid its cornerstone as the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy?

"Who defined the boundaries of the sea as it burst from the womb, and as I clothed it with clouds and thick darkness?  For I locked it behind barred gates, limiting its shores.  I said, 'Thus far and no farther will you come. Here your proud waves must stop!' 
 "Have you ever commanded the morning to appear and caused the dawn to rise in the east?  Have you ever told the daylight to spread to the ends of the earth, to bring an end to the night's wickedness?  For the features of the earth take shape as the light approaches, and the dawn is robed in red. The light disturbs the haunts of the wicked, and it stops the arm that is raised in violence.   

"Have you explored the springs from which the seas come? Have you walked about and explored their depths?  Do you know where the gates of death are located? Have you seen the gates of utter gloom?  Do you realize the extent of the earth? Tell me about it if you know!

 "Where does the light come from, and where does the darkness go?  Can you take it to its home? Do you know how to get there?  But of course you know all this! For you were born before it was all created, and you are so very experienced! "Have you visited the treasuries of the snow? Have you seen where the hail is made and stored?  I have reserved it for the time of trouble, for the day of battle and war.  Where is the path to the origin of light? Where is the home of the east wind? "Who created a channel for the torrents of rain? Who laid out the path for the lightning?

 Who makes the rain fall on barren land, in a desert where no one lives?  Who sends the rain that satisfies the parched ground and makes the tender grass spring up?  "Does the rain have a father? Where does dew come from?  Who is the mother of the ice? Who gives birth to the frost from the heavens?  For the water turns to ice as hard as rock, and the surface of the water freezes.

 "Can you hold back the movements of the stars? Are you able to restrain the Pleiades or Orion?  Can you ensure the proper sequence of the seasons or guide the constellation of the Bear with her cubs across the heavens?  Do you know the laws of the universe and how God rules the earth?   

"Can you shout to the clouds and make it rain?  Can you make lightning appear and cause it to strike as you direct it?  Who gives intuition and instinct?  Who is wise enough to count all the clouds? Who can tilt the water jars of heaven, turning the dry dust to clumps of mud?  "Can you stalk prey for a lioness and satisfy the young lions' appetites as they lie in their dens or crouch in the thicket?  Who provides food for the ravens when their young cry out to God as they wander about in hunger?
Job 40 1-5 Then the LORD said to Job, "Do you still want to argue with the Almighty? You are God's critic, but do you have the answers?" Then Job replied to the LORD, "I am nothing – how could I ever find the answers? I will put my hand over my mouth in silence.  I have said too much already. I have nothing more to say."

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