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Hurrican Irene as an Act of God

According to the, an act of God is "inevitable, unpredictable, and unreasonably severe event caused by natural forces without any human interference, and over which an insured party has no control, such as an earthquake, flood, hurricane, lightning, snowstorm." According to Webster, an act of God is "an extraordinary interruption by a natural cause (as a flood or earthquake) of the usual course of events that experience, prescience, or care cannot reasonably foresee or prevent."
     Hurricane Irene (Irene means peaceful) was certainly an act of God.  Notice the term "cannot reasonably forsee."  The forecasters were all wet on this one.  One of their earlier predictions was that she was going to smack southern Florida.  Then they said Irene was to take out Charleston S.C., just like Hurricane Hugo as a Category 3 or possibly even a Category 4 storm.  Then it was going to come ashore at the North-South Carolina border, and then she veered further north to strike Hatteras .  It was predicted to be a Category 4 storm, but by the time Irene hit landfall, it was only a Category 1 storm.  Lots of rain, some winds, but here in Norfolk, there was very little major damage.  Man does a miserable job predicting hurricane tracks.  As Casey Stengal said, "Never make predictions, especially about the future.”
  Also, notice the definition the phrases "over which the injured party has no control."  Man certainly is powerless over the hurricane.  The winds and the waves come ashore where they were directed by God.  Man, who could not predict the storm, certainly has no control over the storm.  Man has no idea on how to harness the storm's immense power.  Man has no idea on how to prevent the storm or how to channel the storm away from land.  Man is so small, and God is so great.
In Psalm 135 we read:
1.Praise the LORD.
   Praise the name of the LORD;
   praise him, you servants of the LORD,
2 you who minister in the house of the LORD,
   in the courts of the house of our God.
3 Praise the LORD, for the LORD is good;
   sing praise to his name, for that is pleasant.
4 For the LORD has chosen Jacob to be his own,
   Israel to be his treasured possession.
  5 I know that the LORD is great,
   that our Lord is greater than all gods.
6 The LORD does whatever pleases him,
   in the heavens and on the earth,
   in the seas and all their depths.
7 He makes clouds rise from the ends of the earth;
   he sends lightning with the rain
   and brings out the wind from his storehouses.

Praise the Lord for saving us from major damage.


We just experienced an earthquake - lasted about a minute - the whole room was trembling.  Nothing fell, so we are okay.
  The earthquake, however, shows the puniness of man.  Because of God's control, man can predict the sunrise, and sunset, the moon rise and the moon set, high tides and low tides.  Humans rely on these with certainty.  However, there are other things, like earthquakes, that man can not  predict, let alone dream of controlling. There was nothing you or we could do, except to wait it out.
   The earthquake should remind us of Who God is, and who we are.