As I sat on my front porch on a recent morning, a storm rumbles all around. A quarter of the grass in my yard is dead and the corn across the road is failing from too much heat and too little rain. The radar shows a large storm with much rain, yet the majority of it is missing us to the north. We need that rain, yet I cannot control where it falls. The farmer who owns the field across the street cannot control where it falls. As humans we like to think we are in control. Yet reality paints a different picture.
Over the past century, mankind has made significant progress in analyzing weather patterns. The technology in use today is incredible – airplanes, ground stations, mobile detection units, computer systems that can crunch an amazing amount of data in a short period of time. Yet we cannot make it rain when and where we want. We cannot stop tornados from devastating towns like Joplin. We cannot stop tsunamis from obliterating coastal communities and killing an immense number of people. For all intents and purposes, we are simply observers to this great and wonderful creation we call earth and its immensely complex ecosystem.
This brings to mind a Psalm of King David, ascribing glory and majesty to God, while pointing out mankind’s place in the hierarchy of created beings:
When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him? Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor. – Psalm 8:3-5
For all our advances in technology, we are still a little lower than the angels. In Him we live and move and have our being (Acts 17:28). We are dependent upon the grace and mercy of our God to sustain us in this life. God is in control–how thankful we can be for that!