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he words “storm” and “blessing”   Storms can often have a purging effect
              would  not  usually  be  found in  in a believer’s life as self-dependence is
        Tthe same sentence. Storms leave  necessarily blown away and we find our
        devastation, despair and even death  refuge in God alone (Psa 46; Isa 25:4).
        in their wake. But meteorologists and  During the trials of life, we may often say of
        geologists alike have concluded that  the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress:
        thunderstorms, cyclones and hurricanes,  my God; in him will I trust” (Psa 91:2 KJV).
        although incredibly destructive, do in fact   The Balancing Effects of a Storm
        bring benefits.                        One of a hurricane’s achievements is to
        The Growth-Enabling Effects of a Storm  provide a better balance of temperatures
          Storms frequently provide desperately  between the poles and earth’s equator. The
        needed rain to areas stricken with drought.  equator receives more solar energy, called
        Also, lightning in storms can have a  insolation, than any other latitude on a
        fertilizing effect on the soil. Nitrogen is one  yearly average. This resulting insolation
        of fertilizer’s main ingredients. As it splits  warms the ocean temperature, which in
        through the sky, lightning changes nitrogen  turn warms the air above it. The earth
        gas in the air to nitrogen compounds,  is always trying to balance this warmth
        which fall to the ground and are added  around the world, and hurricanes are one
        to the soil.  Additionally, the wind of a  of the ways this is done. Another balancing
        hurricane just about to make landfall can  effect of storms takes place as lightning falls
        blow spores and seeds further inland,  during a thunderstorm, allowing the earth
        bringing life to new areas.          to be recharged and to maintain its proper
          The Lord often allows us to experience  electrical balance.
        the storms of life, knowing that although   There  are  times  when  our  lives  as
        they will bring pain and even sorrow, they  believers become harmfully imbalanced,
        also enable needed growth and fruit for   and the inevitable storms of life rearrange,
        our benefit and for the blessing of others.   with their winds, our priorities in a
        The Purging Effects of a Storm       beneficial way. But to be clear, we may
          During the summer, haze, dust and   never know why some storms break upon
        other pollutants come together in the   us. Job was never told why a tsunami of
        lower atmosphere. As the air rises, either   suffering was sent his way. But because the
        in thunderstorms or cumulus clouds, these   sovereign Lord always allows a storm, we
        pollutants are spread higher up into the   can be confident that there must be some
        atmosphere and purged out of the air by   blessing in it, for He will do no less for His
        the falling rain. Another purging effect of   people than He does for this earth.
        storms occurs as hurricanes and cyclones   _________________________
        move across the ocean. Their winds and   1  Oard, Michael. The Weather Book. (Green Forest,
        waves toss the contents of the water. This   AR: Master Books, 1997).
        mixing breaks up patches of bacteria that   3
        lurk in the water.                   hurricane-landfall-benefits-2016
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