Rest Stop (Saturday) Perspective & humility

The world of academia and study tend to dominate my life, but those who know me also know my love of the weather.  In an earlier blog post I shared a bit about how I came to love, appreciate and respect the weather.  Nature has always fascinated and never ceases to amaze me.

This afternoon, during an active Thunderstorm Watch, my wife and I were on our dock watching the clouds move in when, right in front of us, a waterspout formed!  One would figure that me, the weather enthusiast and forecaster would not only have known of this possibility, but would have also been prepared with camera in hand.  Nope!  Not me.  But luckily my wife was and so she took this picture of the base of the waterspout although the water funnel decided not to be photogenic.

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I have chased many a storm, witnessing tornadoes, waterspouts, hurricanes and the damage they have inflicted.  But never was I this close.  To be in the presence of the waterspout helps me to keep things in perspective.   It helps me to understand that no matter how much science or knowledge we all may have, nature, created by God, is always more powerful, stunning and beautiful.  For all that we in our society feel we have created, we need to be humbled in our littleness in comparison to nature.

Witnessing this, and being able to share it with my wife, was a most wonderful experience!  Nature can teach us many lessons if we are willing to listen and learn.  What has nature taught you?  For me nature teaches perspective and humility in an appreciation for the beauty and power of God in His creation.

When you finish reading this blog look out your window; what lessons are being taught to you right now?


10 thoughts on “Rest Stop (Saturday) Perspective & humility

    1. Times of struggle beg that question. What I have learned through my faith and experience is that it rains, or doesnt rain, on us all. We too are in a drought with many farmers losing their entire crops. My faith experience has shown me that no matter what happens, God is a loving God and does not test us in this way. Rather, it is up to us to learn from these experiences. Let us keep those suffering from natural disasters in our thoughts and prayers.


        1. Agreed. I often do wonder. … Here is a quote from the book “Hinds Feet on High Places” which helps me get through times like these: “Therefore I begin to think, my Lord, you purposely allow us to be brought into contact with the bad and evil things that You want changed. Perhaps that is the very reason why we are here in this world, where sin and sorrow and suffering and evil abound, so that we may let You teach us so to react to them, that out of them we can create lovely qualities to live forever. That is really the only satisfactory way of dealing with evil. Not simply binding it so that it cannot work harm, but whenever possible overcoming it with good.”


      1. I look forward to rnieadg your BLOG;I pull it up almost every day. Sometimes I think of a response to something you posted while going through my day but I just don’t take the time to go back and leave a comment. I’ll work on that! Have a great weekend. Love, Vera


        1. I appreciate your reading my thoughts! Thank you! Another avenue for commenting, if it is easier for you, is on the official Facebook page of the blog. On my blog’s page click the Facebook icon and then “like” it. You will now be able to see more frequent posts from me and able to comment right there. Have a great day! I look forward to your insights.


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