'Atmospheric conditions' or the hand of God?
Texas recently experienced a drought worse than the driest 12 months on record – a development that prompted the Lampasas County Ministerial Alliance to call for a community-wide time of prayer for rain, last Nov. 9.
That day was a pivotal one for this area, because God hears public, corporate prayer when it is done with the right motive, we believe.
And we found recent comments of Chief Meteorologist Bob Rose of the Lower Colorado River Authority to be most interesting, in light of what has happened statewide and in our county since the local day of prayer.
When Rose spoke to a local service club in mid- February, about 25 percent of the state remained in “exceptional drought” – the most severe category. But Rose noted that the figure had fallen from 88 percent at the height of last year’s dry weather.
OK, but what has happened in Lampasas County since several local pastors and a small group of citizens appealed to God during that community prayer event to send rain to this parched portion of His creation?
As of last Nov. 9, a paltry 11.47 inches of rain had been recorded in 2011, according to data from Lampasas MunicipalAirport through the National Weather Service.
Over the next two months, from Nov. 9 through last Dec. 31, 4.51 inches of precipitation were recorded – almost 40 percent of the cumulative rainfall total for 2011 before the day of prayer. By year’s end, the local rainfall total was 15.98 inches, exactly nine inches less than what fell in 2010.
But what of 2012, so far? A fair question.
Through Sunday, 7.16 inches of precipitation had been recorded here, compared with 3.16 inches at the same time in 2011.
Therefore, since the Nov. 9 community day of prayer on Lampasas’ Courthouse Square, 11.67 inches of rain had fallen – surpassing what was recorded through more than 10 months in 2011.
Thus far, we’ve mentioned only the one public prayer meeting. No doubt there were scores of churches throughout the county, small prayer groups and families praying for rain.
The cumulative effect of individual and group prayer simply cannot be overstated, we are convinced.
During the direst moments of last year’s record drought, there were predictions we would have a warmer and drier winter than normal. The projections were because of the La Nina weather pattern – characterized by cool water in the tropical Pacific Ocean.
True, it has been warmer, but it hasn’t been drier.
“What’s interesting,” Rose said in Lampasas last month, “is the atmospheric conditions are continuing to overwhelm La Nina.”
Atmospheric conditions are overwhelming La Nina. Sounds like a description of the heavens taking control of the weather. Or the hand of the Lord is responsible.
The psalmist had this to say: “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands.”
To such an insight we can only add: “ThankYou, Lord. May the credit, the honor and the praise go to You – and to You alone – for this turn of events.”