12. ~SOUNDINGS~: PART 3 – The Obstacles | 12th Essay – Natural Disasters
by Frank L. Jordan III
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No one understands better than God
just why natural disasters occur,
and how they can cause human beings to suffer,
become injured, or even die.
No one longs more deeply than God
that we be spared these sufferings,
injuries, or deaths.
When a devastating hurricane or typhoon makes landfall,
wreaking untold damage to life and property,
when a tremendous earthquake
levels massive buildings and buries people alive,
when unceasing rains cause flash floods
that drown people in their tracks,
and mudslides that engulf whole towns,
when unrelenting draught
causes the lushest farmlands
to become parched and the mightiest of rivers
to dwindle down to a mere stream,
leaving people and wildlife to scramble
for a few precious drops of water,
when renegade lightning
strikes dried-out trees or brush,
causing furious wildfires
that know no boundaries
and take no prisoners …
God is watching, knowing,
exactly why these phenomena occur.
And why wouldn’t he?
The basic ingredients that make up these events
are elements, compounds, and processes
that have been a part of this world,
played a part in its shaping,
since the dawn of time.
They are intimately woven in the very fabric
of an existence consisting of earth, wind,
water, lightning, and fire.
They are the rawest of happenings,
elements, energies, and compounds
whipped into a blind frenzy by powerful forces
that are mostly natural—
rarely, but sometimes, humanly induced.
But even though such occurrences have been a part
of this world for a long time,
even though they might have benefited
this planet’s development along the way,
it is not God’s will that we humans should suffer,
become injured, or die prematurely
because they occur.
On the contrary, it is God’s will that all people be spared
the ill effects of any natural disaster.
Is this surprising?
Is it surprising to expect this of he who is Pure Love,
of she who is pure knowledge imbued with love,
which is Wisdom?
We are at the summit of God’s creative efforts.
Is it any wonder that God wants us to be safe and secure,
wants us to be spared the shifting ground,
whirling wind, or lightning strike?
God loves you!
God wants the environment to nurture you,
not do you harm.
So if a powerful natural event
does bring disaster into your life,
God doesn’t want you or those you hold dear
to suffer loss, be hurt, or die as a result of it.
Just because we are wounded by nature’s hand
does not mean that God wills us to be wounded.
Actually, the opposite is true.
It is God’s will that we be spared from harm.
In some ways and at some times, this does happen,
and obviously, in other ways and at other times,
it does not.
First, it’s important to understand that God
is doing everything in his, in her power to keep us
from the harm that is brought about
by natural catastrophes.
There is no lack of effort, love, care, or concern
on God’s part.
But once again, God’s will and work is in contention
with some of the circumstances that occur
within this realm—
a realm that we more and more delicately refer to
as the unfolding manifestation of God,
the emerging collaboration of nature with God.
(This idea must be becoming more anticipated,
more recognizable, and more easily applicable.)
Remember, God’s influence is being exerted
in its fullness at this very moment, at every moment.
That is the very essence of Pure Love—
to offer everything, to withhold nothing.
The awareness of this fact,
which might initially seem to be
placing limitations on God,
in reality reveals the true worth and significance
of this universe as God’s manifestation.
This idea, like many ideas in this book,
is aimed at gaining a deeper understanding
of the full implications of what it means
for something or someone to participate
in our wonderful God manifesting himself, herself—
through space and over time.
Different phenomena participate
in this awesome process in different ways.
Some types of phenomena are by their very natures
more susceptible to God’s direct influence than others.
A general rule would be that the more fully alive,
the more deeply aware a body is,
the more capable it is of experiencing the power
and love and influential guidance of God.
That’s why the body of, say, a hurricane or tornado
is minimally influenced by God’s direct power.
That’s why these phenomena can cause
so much devastation to the environment and to our lives,
when it is God’s will
that we not be harmed or killed by them.
So in order to help bring about
God’s purposes and work in these matters,
we must seek to cooperate and collaborate
more fully with our Protector.
This is done in different ways.
From the ancient days when a person would look
to the reddened sky at dawn,
and begin preparations for the coming storm,
to our modern times when Doppler radar
can track a hurricane from its origins
to its dissipation,
humans have used their increasing powers
of observation to better protect themselves,
their families, and their communities.
With the advent of scientific procedures,
our ability to monitor and predict natural disasters
has grown in leaps and bounds.
The intelligence, innovation, and inventiveness
with which our human race devises ways
to better observe the environment
is achieved by collaborating with God and God’s will.
For untold centuries we have yearned
to better observe and understand our environment,
and God has met our yearnings by giving us
the power to increase our abilities to do so.
Science has been one of our most loyal helpmates,
for science seeks only to discover the truth
about phenomena through objective observation
So science is the patient revealer
of the workings of the universe,
and it can lead us to the sustaining power
behind the universe, which is Pure Love.
Another possible way that we humans
can more fully cooperate with God
against natural disasters is through intuitive activity.
It is true that authentic psychic phenomena is rare,
but its rarity does not make it any less real or possible.
The rarity of intuitive activity points to the fact
that it is an emerging practice,
that humans are slowly gaining the ability to perceive
hidden or distant realities intuitively.
And one particular area of intuitive perception
is the prediction of natural disasters.
When a natural disaster is about to occur, like an earthquake,
God is perfectly aware of the brewing catastrophe.
If a person is substantially intuitively sensitive,
God can and will communicate this awareness
to him or her.
As the tensions of this looming disaster build up,
then it becomes more and more possible to predict
through intuitive means
the approximate time it will occur.
Although very rare, this emerging process
of predicting and preparing for natural disasters
holds great promise for the future.
But there is a nobler, more exalted method
of joining efforts with God against natural disasters—
a way that truly holds the greatest hope for the future.
It is a way that cannot only predict such events,
but can even alter them in their courses.
It is the deepest form of collaboration with God,
through the purest means,
and achieving the most effective results.
In order to discuss this in depth,
the particular source and medium
of this exalted way must be understood deeply
in the context of derivism,
within the arena of human history,
and in relation to the divine plan and struggle
for Creation’s liberation,
liberation from forces that would harm
the universe’s highest known aspect—
But first things first.
A deepened understanding of the relationship
between our purposeful God
and some of this world’s more chaotic happenings
is necessary before we can adequately explore
this exalted way,
and realize just how full of purpose and meaning
this way was and is—
and how it comes to us
by no accident.
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