Resting In God When The World Is Going Crazy

This past year, my senior year, I duel-enrolled at a local college. During my second semester, I took Bio 2 and found it fascinating (minus one section *ahem* parasites/bacteria/etc).

Anyway.

We were learning how everything on Earth is connected and how global warming is affecting it. Here’s the short spill on it – I promise you’ll be able to understand it and I’ll try my best to not spend several paragraphs on it 😉

Because of Earth warming, the Indian Ocean has been steadily warming as well. You’re probably thinking, “ok. so the ocean is a little bit warmer, what’s the big deal?” I’m glad you asked! XD

The increasing temperature of the Indian Ocean has caused the North Atlantic oscillation (aka two air masses) to become stuck on its “intense” cycle. The North Atlantic oscillation has never been completely calm, but there are usually periods or breaks where the intensity lets down and it is more docile. However, with the increasing temperatures that has not been happening.

north atlantic

It’s amazing how the entire world is so intricately connected. In Africa, there is a body of water called Lake Chad. Wikipedia says, “The United Nations Environment Programme and the Lake Chad Basin Commission concur that at least half of the lake’s decrease is attributable to shifting climate patterns.” As Lake Chad has dried up, the dust and dirt that was beneath the water has been exposed.

You can imagine what sorts of algae, fungi, and other gross things lie at the bottom of the lake. With the dust being out in the open, the pathogenic soil fungus it contains has been swept into the air from the Saharan and blown towards the Caribbean.

Interestingly, this dust has caused an ironic increase in pediatric asthma cases and coral sea fan disease. Which is obviously not good.

Now, I’m going to be honest. I kind of started to worry, because wow, how the heck are we supposed to fix all of this. ITS SO MUCH.

God, knowing this, led me to this verse.

“And there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth distress of nations in perplexity because of the roaring of the sea and the waves, people fainting with fear and with foreboding of what is coming on the world. For the powers of the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. now when these things begin to take place, straighten up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near,” ~ Luke 21:25-28

WOW. Like, anyone else amazed??? I mean that’s literally what’s happening! And there it is, right in the Bible. It makes me feel so much better, to know that God knew this was going to happen. None of this is a surprise to him.

Thank you Jesus for that!

~ Southern Dreamer

Journal Entry 3

When I first started homeschooling, I quickly learned that I had a problem: procrastination. At the private school, I had previously attended, every day there would be reminders of what was due and instant consequences if something was late.

However, with homeschooling, that was not exactly the case. I had to remind myself of what was due. And since I did not have classes every day, it was easy to slip into the habitual thinking of, ‘oh, I’ll do it tomorrow. My class is still a few days away. I’ll have time.’

Of course, my procrastination meant that I usually ended up cramming the day before because I had not spent my time wisely. This was beginning to cause me stress and minutes-before-due panic.

In Proverbs 6:7-8, the ant is referenced, saying, “Without having any chief, officer, or ruler, she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest.” This, I believe, is saying that we need to prepare for something ahead of time. Or in other words, not procrastinate.

Journal Entry

 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

            In Matthew 5:13-16, Jesus uses many metaphors to help explain his teachings and the concepts to the people. Out of the main two metaphors used, my favorite would probably be the second. I think the imagery of light in the darkness or a city on a hill is poetic and beautiful. It only takes a small amount of light to cut through the darkness. Similarly, it doesn’t take a dramatic or huge moment to show Jesus to others. Sometimes it’s something small; something simple. But that one spark can act like a domino effect and spread like a forest fire.