God is in on these acts

February 21, 2014 

Non-believers like frequent letter writer Jim Walters must be rolling their eyes with all the recent "act of God" talk in the media as it relates to our recent spate of bad weather. How can a guilty finger be pointed to the deity they don't believe exists? That's no act; it's the real deal.

Actor, comedian and author Woody Allen was pretty astute when he said, "If you want to make God laugh, tell him about your plans." God is the master weatherman and may just send us the latest meteorological challenges just to break up winter's boredom or get us some needed snow-shoveling exercise. There's nothing like a short ride on black ice to get the old heart pumping.

Recent snow days pale when compared to weather phenomenon of biblical proportions like Israel's droughts, Noah's rains or Egypt's plagues of hail and darkness.

I was stationed on a small remote island in the Bering Sea, 1,500 miles from the Alaska mainland, during my Air Force career. The weather there was generally bad with almost constantly overcast skies. After one particularly long and gloomy patch, a day dawned uncharacteristically clear with blue skies. The installation commander promptly declared a "sun day" and gave everyone the day off to celebrate. That was surely an act of God, too.

The opening line of the Good Book states, "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." Did he miss something? I think not.

Bill Malec

O'Fallon

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