I live in Southern California, which has had some wild and wacky weather this past week. It was only last week that temperatures were so high that I had to turn on the air conditioner. In contrast, right now temperatures have dropped by 15-20 degrees and it’s been sprinkling rain.

On Wednesday (5/21) I saw a strong breeze wildly blowing the green branches of the tree next to my window. It had been awhile since we had had wind here, and the swishing of the swirling wind reminded me of the aftermath (or beginning) of typhoons in Taiwan (and thunderstorms in the Midwest). Later I heard that winds had whipped up to 70 miles an hour in some areas.

On Thursday I went to work, and everyone gathered by the window and talked about the strange gloomy weather that beset us and the impending thunderstorms that were coming. One co-worker complained that Weather.com didn’t tell her that it was going to rain. Didn’t she know that weather people are often wrong? My husband later told me that it had thundered throughout the day. Unfortunately, I missed it–we don’t get thunder a lot here. But we did get twin tornadoes that hit an area outside our city (most unusual). I had some co-workers who moved from the Midwest, so we described to our native Californian colleagues what it felt like before a tornado was going to hit–the greenish overcast sky, the damp mugginess in the air, and the absolute stillness. One of my colleagues had once seen a huge tornado while standing atop a hill near her uncle’s house when she was a little girl.

I don’t know if anyone else gets shivers or other bodily or emotional reactions to weather, but I do. The smell of the earth after a heavy rain, a strong wind that waves tree branches about, thunder and lightening, typhoons and tornadoes, they all affect me and evoke emotions that I cannot quite describe in words. I suppose it is similar to the feelings you might get when you curl up beside a fireplace, or the smell of snow in the air, or the scent of spring when it first comes.

Job 28:24-28 says: “for he views the ends of the earth
and sees everything under the heavens.

25 When he established the force of the wind
and measured out the waters,

26 when he made a decree for the rain
and a path for the thunderstorm,

27 then he looked at wisdom and appraised it;
he confirmed it and tested it.

28 And he said to man,
‘The fear of the Lord—that is wisdom,
and to shun evil is understanding.’ ”

I rejoice and marvel at God’s creation–its mysteries, wonder and power. God is truly an awesome God.