[Jesus] got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. (Mark 4:39, NRSV)
Well, it is the active part of Atlantic hurricane season! As I write this, there are lots of models and spaghetti strings in the Gulf of Mexico attempting to guess if Tropical Storms Marco and Laura will unite into one mega storm or pass by each other for a “1-2 punch.” Since these storms arrived on the literal radar, there were concerns that they would threaten south Florida in some way or another, but at this point, it appears that we have escaped direct threat. And this is our second dodge of the season so far. And each of us knows, it is nowhere near close to being over.
One of the most significant adjustments that I had to make around tropical weather when I moved to Southwest Florida was understanding how much later hurricanes can strike this area. Hurricanes typically strike Texas in July or August.
It seems to me that a fairly new way of attempting to predict storm tracks and who will be impacted by a storm or might not be impacted is to mark a large swath of land. And just so no one is too “on the hook” for what could or could not happen, meteorologists mark that large swath as a “cone of uncertainty.” Already, last week, Southwest Florida was in and then out of the Cone of Uncertainty.
However, I don’t know about you, but I sort of assume that all of life is lived in a “cone of uncertainty.” I think that is where faith becomes such a crucial part of our lives. We must rely on the One who calms the seas, not those who attempt to predict them.
Rev. Dr. Dawson B. Taylor
For those in the way of storms this week:
Loving Protector, be with those who feel especially vulnerable in ‘cones of uncertainty.’ Amen.