As a cattleman I am a weather watcher. In fact, as long as I can remember I have kept up to date with the current and long-term weather forecast. This is the definition of a forecast according to Webster’s Dictionary:
” a prediction or estimate of future events, especially coming weather or a financial trend”
When the local weather bureau makes a “forecast” that we have a 50% chance of rain they mean half of the viewing area “may” receive some kind of precipitation. For the past 3 years my particular area has been in the left out half. In fact, the whole State of Oklahoma has missed out on sufficient moisture. The weather bureau has been “all wet”, but not with rain. We have been in a drought that surpasses even the Dust Bowl days. It really has been serious; the worst in recorded history.
Early on Sunday evening it started raining. It was suppose to rain to the west of where we live. When I went to bed it was still raining. I am an early riser and when I looked out after the sun peaked over the horizon I could see one of our ponds out of its banks. I couldn’t believe it. I excitedly put on my Muck boots to check the rain gauge. I was pleasantly surprised to see that it measured exactly 3.5 inches of Heaven sent rain.
Sunday after the VFW ceremony (thank Goodness) it began to rain again and when I checked the gauge later it measured just shy of 1.5 inches. That totals almost 5 inches in a 24 hour period. One would think we would have flooding but the cracks were so wide in the ground that it was soaked right up.
Last evening after the rain, my wife called me outside to look. We had missed the full beauty of it, but there was still a sign in the Heavens. There was a partial double rainbow still visible. My thoughts automatically remembered Genesis 9:13-16:
“I set My bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a sign of a covenant between Me and the earth. It shall come about, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow will be seen in the cloud, and I will remember My covenant, which is between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and never again shall the water become a flood to destroy all flesh.“When the bow is in the cloud, then I will look upon it, to remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.”
God made this covenant with Noah that as long as this present earth remains He will never flood it again. Yes, there will be local floods, but no universal flood again, EVER!!!
We are in no danger here of flooding in the area. To catch up on normal precipitation we need another 12 inches by the end of May just to be even year to date. And then I recalled another verse:
“Who giveth rain upon the earth, and sendeth waters upon the fields” (Job 5:10).
Who gives this rain? None other than God Almighty The Sustainer over all creation.
I am writing this at about 2pm on Tuesday. Today was our best chance of rain at 80% and so far not a sprinkle. It may rain later but probably not a gulley washer like was forecasted.
Something to ponder….I think I need to pray and trust God more for rain than waste time listening to the weather bureau. When we need it He will supply it. Btw, now I can make hay. Thank you Lord!!!
I’m really not bashing the weather bureau. They are correct much of the time and do us a great service; but they are only forecasters, they don’t control it.
Until tomorrow, Lord willing,