Challenging the Lord of the Storm

Challenging the Lord of the Storm

It was hailing.  The hail was heavy.  I said, “Is that the best you can do?”  I was challenging the Lord of the storm.

Challenging the Lord of the Storm

Invercargill is known for its wild weather.  For the most part, it gets a bad rap.  But this time, all the flack was warranted.  And I was on a bike.

Cycling home from work, smelling like beer.  It had been a busy night at the pub.  Perhaps it was the stormy weather that had gathered in the masses.  A car would have been the most suitable mode of transportation on that stormy night.  But getting a driver’s license was an achievement of the future.  And so was getting a car.

So I was to bike home.  And so I did.

So I was to weather the storm.  And so I did.

Challenging the Lord of the Storm

It started to hail.  I was on my bike, cycling into the wind, and the rain.  And then into the hail.

I was new to Christianity.  I didn’t really know God.  But I knew that He probably controlled the weather.  Either it was He, or the conspiracy theorists were right.

As a result of a busy night at the pub and the zeal of new found faith, I lifted my eyes to the sky.  And so, challenging the Lord of the storm I cried out “Is this the best you can do?”

Consequently, the hail got harder, and bigger.  The storm got stormier.

Challenging the Lord of the Storm

She told me to meet her at the train station.  We had planned to go to the beach.  But as the train approached the station, so the clouds in the sky loomed ominously.

Arriving at the station, I noticed her car was nowhere to be seen.  And so I alighted the train I did so with the prospect of rain.  As a result, I thought beach plans would be canceled.

So, challenging the Lord of the storm, I asked that the clouds part and the sun be left to shine unobstructed.

We didn’t go to the beach that day, but we did eat omelets with sunshine pouring through the windows with ocean views.

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