I hope you’re not too thirsty reading this…

…if you are in Alabama or Tennessee.

Or North Carolina.

Or Georgia.

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”.]

2 thoughts on “I hope you’re not too thirsty reading this…

  1. Merrilee

    We’ve been watching the droughts & floods, too. Gov. Richardson, NM, proposed a national water policy that perked the ears of those in the Great Lakes region.

    His comment about Wisconsin being “awash in water” didn’t go over very well up here. The governors of WI & MI were quick to respond. MI invited those who wanted to use the lake waters to come on up and use them here in the basin.

    http://www.santafenewmexican.com/Local%20News/Richardson_water_plan_irks_states_up_North

  2. I wonder how many out there are not just praying for rain, but saying we must do the rest of 2 Chronicles 7:13-14, and then defining *correctly* what “the rest” entails?

    I am very much afraid the number is small. May God have mercy on people if they are at least *trying* — and if that doesn’t defeat His whole purpose in having such strict justice coupled with such generous mercy.

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