…if you are in Alabama or Tennessee.
Or North Carolina.
I just read this morning of the powerful flooding they had yesterday in my old stomping ground of Plano, Texas. Now I read this New York Times article about the incredible drought being experienced in the Southeast. If you didn’t know that parts of this nation are experiencing extreme drought or thought that such talk was just another sound bite for the news, read the article yourself, here:
(I do not think a subscription is necessary to read it, but let me know if I’m wrong.)
The picture and graphic accompanying the article are dramatic (in my opinion), but not more than the comments inside. The governments involved are considering their options, which include some difficult — and unpopular — decisions that would need to be made if the situation does not change soon.
Perhaps it is reading of both these events in the same day (flooding in Plano, Texas, with drought in the Southeast), but the passage of Scripture that came to mind was that in Amos 4, particularly verses 7-9, where God speaks of some parts being rained upon and others not — some parts experiencing drought and other parts experiencing blight and mildew.
God may yet have mercy and allow the resources of the Southeast to recharge. I wonder how many out there are praying for rain?
[UPDATE, 10/17/2007 . I just received a Reuters news article from Mr. Davis dated 10/16/2007 titled “Cost of food aid soars as global need rises.” It says that according to the UN the number of “chronically hungry people” rises by an average of 4 million people per year. (FWIW: I feel chronically hungry — after all, it is a repeating condition that does not go away! — but I suspect here that this is jargon for starving. A strict definition, if possible, would be helpful.) Ideally, this figure would be given in terms of an increase or decrease in the percentage of humans on the planet, but for impact purposes it does make sense to put it this way. The cause is given as “[a] ‘perfect storm’ of drought, conflict, and rising costs”.]