Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Weird Clouds and Freak Storms!

A very unique storm dumped over 2 inches of rain on us last week.
What made it unique?
No rain was in the forecast for that day.
Channel 7 KATV's News Personality Todd Yakoubian stated that it 
"... created its own area of low pressure aloft and is spinning.
 If this storm was over warm ocean water,
 it could develop further and become tropical...
You really don't see this often at all."
(Click on Todd's FaceBook page link HERE to see the radar image.)

I wasn't aware of the storm's uniqueness 
when I took the following photos of the cloud formations. 
To see them better, click on them to enlarge.
The clouds looked so heavy...
but I'm not sure if they fit the description of
Mammatus Clouds or not.
(Click on highlighted link above to view photos
and description of Mammatus Clouds.)

Some of the clouds looked rather sinister...
If I used my imagination I could conjure up all sorts of things!

But instead, I thought of a few Bible verses.
One was from Nahum 1:3 that says,
"The LORD has His way in the whirlwind
and in the storm,
And the clouds are the dust of His feet."

Another is from Daniel 4:35, and says,
"He does as He pleases with the powers of heaven
and the peoples of the earth.
No one can hold back His hand or say to Him;
'What have You done?'"

Psalm 97 says of God, that
"Dark clouds surround Him...
His lightning flashes out across the world...
The mountains melt like wax before the LORD...
and Psalm 104:3 says,
"You lay out the rafters of your home in the rain clouds.
You make the clouds Your chariot;
You ride upon the wings of the wind."

But let's go back to the prophet Nahum.
In Nahum 1:7-8, he says,
"The LORD is good,
a strong refuge when trouble comes.
He is close to those who trust in Him.
But He will sweep away His enemies
in an overwhelming flood..."

... And then I ran inside...
The lightning was flashing...
The thunder was booming...
And giant rain drops began pelting me!

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Cow Birds in the Bible? Yes...

 I've been enjoying watching juvenile birds this spring!

Some mockingbird babies have been frequent visitors.

Looking out my kitchen window,
I thought at first I only had one,
but then saw two together,
...and then surprisingly enough, a third one!

They were very curious...

...seemed to enjoy climbing on my lawn furniture...

...And came close enough that they seemed to watch me
when I was by the kitchen window.

But imagine what a surprise it would have been
if their mother had found this bird in that batch of babies.

I found it interesting what God had to say about "Cowbirds"
in the Book of Jeremiah 17:11 via The Message Translation:
"Like a cowbird that cheats by laying its eggs
in another bird's nest
Is the person who gets rich by cheating.
When the eggs hatch,
the deceit is exposed..."

The verses just above this are featured in today's Rock4Today,
Are you curious what they say?
Just click on "Names of God on Rocks" to take you there!

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