The weather, particularly here in Arkansas, has been especially strange. Local weather anchors knowing we would have snow, ice, drizzling rain, sleet or a combination dubbed the forecast simply, “Expect Snizzle.”
We were excited to have sunny skies and warmer weather this weekend. We went to a movie and dinner with friends we had not seen in a while. They, like the rest of us, had either been sick, weather bound, or fulfilling other obligations.
The sign of spring gives way to the promise of hope for better days. It also rings in the tornado season. Sunday night I stepped outside into a particularly humid and warm night. I knew immediately this was not good.
Around eleven that evening I was lying on the sofa watching a movie. It starred one of my favorite Memphis born actresses, Kathy Bates. (I still cannot remember the name of the movie.) Dan had gone to bed falling to sleep reading Mike Huckabee’s recent book. The sofa began to vibrate. At first I thought it was the result of the violent storms and tornado activity moving through the area. The shaking lasted longer than the usual storm vibration. After it ceased, I looked outside and everything seem to be okay. I returned to my movie.
In Arkansas we perhaps are becoming just as complacent about the weather as we are of other things spoken of in the Bible. Monday morning I awoke to several missed calls from my daughter in Memphis. Alarmed she wanted to make sure we were safe. Apparently there had been several quakes in the area. The largest, a 4.7 in magnitude of the reported 800 quakes in the area since September 2010, was recorded during the night.
Tornadoes, flash floods, and earth quakes all in one night may have been a record for even our area of the world. Once again emergency personnel remind us to always be prepared for at least a 72 hour window for disaster.
We have been warned for as long as I can remember of the “Big One” that is sure to hit the mid south area. It is just a matter of time, experts say. We are not to fear such things, but we should be responsible.
Dan and I were discussing the weather and our preparedness over dinner last night. He said he too had felt the tremors but assumed it was just me coming to bed. Wait!!!! What?????
"For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places.
Matthew 24:7 (NKJV)