Taken in case of need, this holiday photo is now serving its purpose – to remind me what wall-to-wall, cloud-less sky is like! And it’s not hard, but not easy, to recall what lies beneath this azure zenith! But 8.30am today I walked in warm sunshine, yet a bank of cloud soon rolled over like a gray blanket – but at least it’s not raining and occasionally getting a bit brighter as cloud thins now and then.
Regarded as the wettest April to June (see report and video) since full detailed records for temperatures and rainfall across the UK began in 1910 – they’re forecasting over a month’s rain in 24hrs! (In the night we heard it like never ever before – it fell so heavily and quickly it sounded like one long roar!) Even now in July it’s unwise to stow away one’s winter wear! There have been ‘exceptional’ torrential rains, stormforce winds, at least one small tornado and widespread flooding, sadly with loss of life – all as was anticipated in my dream reported in What’s prophetical about weather? )
But there’s a blessing, nationally and personally – although much earlier than usual, our holiday took place during a fine fortnight with cool winds, and only one wet day. Two winters of abnormally low rainfall left reservoirs and underground aquifers very dry but they’ve been replenished. Also, plans to ban the use hose-pipes have been scrapped. So thank you Lord – let the river of Your Holy Spirit flow…
Over the ‘pond’
On this side of the Atlantic we’ve got away with things very lightly! Over in the States it’s been a very bad month indeed, as I’ve noted from a couple of blogs. My older cousin south of Tucson, Arizona, is hoping for the ‘monsoon’ as it’s hot and dry (temperatures over 100 degrees F daily) with only a trace of rain this year. The extreme heat then headed eastwards, to affect 25 states and 45 million people, for example:
- massive floods along Gulf coast and in Florida in wake of tropical storm Debby.
- ‘unprecendented’ Colorado wildfires, towering inferno doubled in size overnight.
- 100-120F from the Gulf to Great Lakes, from Kansas eastwards to Atlantic coast.
- ‘Heat wave smashes all-time records’ – ‘Death Valley’ heat (118F) in Kansas
- ‘super derecho slams US’ (very violent thunderstorms): ‘lightning gone wild in DC’.
- inland hurricanes, loss of life and massive power outages affects 3 million.
- and there’s the consequential drought effect upon crops and harvests!!
Now, it’s an interesting and pertinent fact that President Obama had declared June as being devoted to ‘gay pride’, as well as having declared shortly beforehand his personal interest in changing the laws to allow ‘marriage’ for such folk. Many black pastors have challenged and registered strong objections to his actions.
Now, it’s been noted that Obama signed off his official declaration as follows,
“IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this first day of June, in the year of our Lord two thousand twelve, and of the Indepen-dence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-sixth.” (emphasis added)
Now, is it not an extraordinarily contrary thing to mix this matter with a reference to the life of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour? Can we not sense where His heart is in this matter and what His response is? This president has surely put himself in an invidious position and I would not like to be in his shoes. After all, isn’t it written that Sodom and Gomorrah suffered from intense fire? (Genesis 19:23) Jesus indicated that those cities would, however, have repented had they witnessed His mighty works. Furthermore, His statement implies that there is hope for all who do not reject Him (Matthew 11).
Could this be why the United States has been suffering such stupendously atrocious storms, and continues to reap the whirlwind of darker days? (For fuller discussion see Dr John MrTernan’s Insights blog with journal of events: Defend & Proclaim the Faith.)
I criticised the content of President Obama’s speech in Cairo Speech and expressed reservations about the nature of his faith. After recent ‘clarifications’ on that issue and his address during the National Prayer Breakfast, I have reviewed my reservations – especially the claim that he may be ‘born again’. However, I’ve yet to be convinced.
The fact remains, that whomsoever President Obama is acountable to as his spiritual mentor or pastor seems to have ignored Jesus’ instruction to His Apostles, and hence to all those in spiritual authority, about how to make disciples of believers:
“All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20)
This is New King James text, but New International Version renders verse 20 as,
“…teaching them to obey everything I have commanded…”
So just what did Jesus command?
Back to the blue sky…aaahhh. And what was beneath it? A favourite beach….