Why old people watch the weather channel

Renee Ann Smith —  August 27, 2012 — 23 Comments

I understand why old people watch the weather channel.

For I have become one of them.

Maybe it’s those bright colors swirling across the map. Or the eye-catching arrows and graphics. Or it could be the drama of watching a raincoat-clad correspondent, standing knee-deep in crashing ocean waves just to bring us the storm story. Whatever it is, I’m hooked!

Hudson, NY, Summer Storm '12

In my father’s day, folks predicted the coming weather by reading the signs in nature—the color of the sky or the way the leaves flipped on their branches. “Smells like rain,” Dad would say. Or “That sky looks like snow.”

Once folks determined a storm was imminent, they prepared as best they could, stocking up on necessities, moving animals to safety, planning rain dates in summer, canceling school in winter.

But there was nothing they could do to stop what was coming.

Nowadays we’re better at preparing. We can evacuate and batten down the hatches in record time. High-speed internet and 4G networks, let us spread warnings far and wide. Local agencies provide shelters and food and medical care.

But there is nothing we can do to stop what’s coming.

Hudson, NY, Summer Storm '12

In spite of the Doppler radar, we’re sometimes caught off guard. A few weeks back here in Hudson, what we thought was a typical thunderstorm quickly developed tornadic winds. Frightened people cowered in basements. The hail damaged my neighbor’s car and the siding on my sister’s house. The wind brought down power lines and branches—which, in turn, closed roads. The flag pole in front of my mother’s nursing home snapped in half. We lost some of the oldest trees in our city.

Since we were left without electric, cable, and internet, I hopped in my car to listen to the radio, charge my iPhone, and pump up the air conditioning. I drove around and took pictures, amazed at the damage. What kind of power had been unleashed on us?

I immediately thought of another storm, another time, another group of frightened people. And a Man who could do more than merely warn of the storm to come.

When all was almost lost, He faced the storm head on and spoke the words that muzzled it.

“Peace, be still.”

Our Lord has that power today. Though the storms rage around me . . .

  • He keeps me from shaking in my shoes.
  • He gives me confidence to step out of the boat.
  • He reassures my fearful heart.

For all who feel helpless in the path of a storm, especially those facing Hurricane Isaac, remember,

“Be still, dear souls. The waves and winds still know His voice who ruled them while He dwelt below.”

This week I’m linking up with Hear It on Sunday, Use It on Monday, Soli Deo Gloria, Playdates with God, Monday Musings, Just Write, Teach Me Tuesdays, God Bumps, Gratituesday, We Encourage, Living Well Wednesday, Thought-provoking Thursday, Beholding Glory, Your Thriving Family Spiritual Sunday, and Always Alleluia.

Renee Ann Smith

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I teach literature in a Christian high school by day and write inspirational fiction by night. I love to share heart-touching quotes and stories here on my blog. So glad you stopped by!

23 responses to Why old people watch the weather channel

  1. You write so beautifully, Renee. Thank you for reminding me that Christ has the power to calm storms. Hope you are enjoying the start of another school year!

  2. I love the quote “Be still, dear souls. The waves and winds still know His voice who ruled them while He dwelt below.” What a great reminder during life’s storms!

  3. Beautiful, encouraging thoughts, Renee. I’m praying for those on the coast as well. We’re living in the end days as the crazy weather testifies, but God is with us, just as He was with the disciples in the midst of the storm. 🙂

  4. Wonderfully written. Witnessing a powerful storm always puts me in awe and reminds me that it is not I who is in control! Visiting from Teach Me Tuesdays at Growing Home.

  5. What a very powerful and lovely post. I love the thought: Peace Be Still. He does calm my heart many times in the storms of life. The storms will continue both physically and spiritually. We need to prepare for both.

  6. oh, how you pegged me. I turn it on in a hotel room and watch for an hour…
    It doesn’t come through well on my cable but I have been known to watch it despite the fuzz and static. And oh, if there’s a hurricane I’m obsessed. Those reporters feed our obsession. Thanks for a good laugh!
    And a good reminder…

  7. Your title made me laugh. I instantly thought of my dad and his obsession with the weather channel. Beautiful encouragement. Thank you.

  8. Perfect thoughts for today! Now maybe I can understand my step-dad! Of course, he watches and can never tell you what he has seen…it must be those colors!

  9. What a great post for this Spiritual Sunday. And I have to tell you- your title gave me such a fun chuckle. When I was about 14, I “babysat” a baby in the afternoons so the mom could make dinner. Her senior dad lived with them and ALWAYS HAD to watch the weather (back when there was no weather channel, mind you – only the 3 main channels and their news with weather!) It was a vital highlight of his day in spite of the fact that where we lived, the weather rarely changed! I could never understand it!

    Then we moved east to an area that REALLY has weather that constantly changes – where HE used to live. And NOW I DO watch the weather regularly, coz who KNOWS what is coming! I bet he got in that habit from his old house 🙂

    And now, I also have weather apps, facebook weather updates, and more – right along with you. And I was out there charging my iPhone a couple of years ago too – when we were out after a Noreaster.

    But you are sooo right! All that pales in significance to our awesome God. Thank you for the lovely reminder!

    • Thanks for sharing here, Kaye. It’s amazing how things change as we get older, isn’t it? We certainly see life from a different perspective. I enjoyed reading the post you shared on your site. Blessings!

  10. I had to smile a little about checking on the weather. I check the weather app on my iPad at least twice every day. I think it is just a habit and you’re right. We can know what’s coming but we can’t stop it. It is assuring to know that God is in control even when we think he is not.

  11. You bring hope to my world, Renee! It’s been a terrible week at the Tolley hacienda and I needed to be reminded that the Saviour is aware and still has the power to give me peace. Thank you so much for sharing your perfect message on NOBH!

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