Is it true "Mother Nature" does not really care for you?
[Darris McNeely] Remember the old saying, "It's not nice to fool Mother Nature"? Interesting commercial that it made, a number of years ago. But what about "Mother Nature"? What about the cataclysms that we see around us all the time? We're just passing through the springtime tornado season in the United States. A few weeks ago we had a very tragic mudslide that took a number of lives out in the Pacific Northwest. In a few months we will be into the hurricane season here in the Western Hemisphere and a potential destruction of property and loss of life that comes with that. Nature is a powerful force on the planet earth. We have no control. No matter how well we may predict something such as a tornado, we have no control over what takes place. It led to someone saying recently in an article that – "Save yourself," they said, "nature does not care for you." Save yourself, nature doesn't care for you. Now, that just kind of makes an impersonal matter about nature, and that's true – as I said, we don't have control over what takes place.
The power of nature – whether it's a tornado, a storm, a hurricane, an earthquake, a volcano – on this planet is devastating, it's awesome, at times it's unimaginable. We have no control over it. And yet, life goes on on planet earth every day, and it is the only inhabitable planet in the entire solar system, in the entire observable universe. In fact, when you look at the statistics that show just how finely tuned earth is to allow for life – human life, plant life – on this planet, it is amazing. Other planets within our solar system – uninhabitable. On Mercury, for instance, the temperatures exceed 800 degrees Fahrenheit. On Neptune, minus 370 degrees Fahrenheit. And on the planet Uranus, winds regularly are clocked at up to over 350 miles per hour. The earth is finely tuned by God to be inhabited by man and by life. And that certainly makes it an exception. And that shows us really, God does care. Though "Mother Nature" – nature and the forces on this planet – are very powerful, God does care.
There's a scripture in the Bible that illustrates this. It's the story of the apostle Paul in Acts chapter 27, who's making a trip from Palestine to Rome. It's a famous chapter and story in the book of Acts, where Paul makes this trip as a prisoner to Rome. The ship that he's on goes through a major storm and it is talked about in a few verses there and a very vivid description is given as to the ship being caught up. It could not head into the wind. It was running under the shelter of an island. They had to strap cables around the boat. Days and days went on with the intense storm. They had to throw matters on the boat overboard to lighten the load on the ship, and they were about to be shipwrecked at that particular point. Later they were. But Paul stood in the midst of them, and he basically said, "Look, I have had a vision that God has made us a promise that we will arrive safely and intact at our destination." (Acts 27:13-44 Acts 27:13-44  And when the south wind blew softly, supposing that they had obtained their purpose, loosing there, they sailed close by Crete.
 But not long after there arose against it a tempestuous wind, called Euroclydon.
 And when the ship was caught, and could not bear up into the wind, we let her drive.
 And running under a certain island which is called Clauda, we had much work to come by the boat:
 Which when they had taken up, they used helps, under girding the ship; and, fearing lest they should fall into the quicksands, struck sail, and so were driven.
 And we being exceedingly tossed with a tempest, the next day they lightened the ship;
 And the third day we cast out with our own hands the tackling of the ship.
 And when neither sun nor stars in many days appeared, and no small tempest lay on us, all hope that we should be saved was then taken away.
 But after long abstinence Paul stood forth in the middle of them, and said, Sirs, you should have listened to me, and not have loosed from Crete, and to have gained this harm and loss.
 And now I exhort you to be of good cheer: for there shall be no loss of any man's life among you, but of the ship.
 For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve,
 Saying, Fear not, Paul; you must be brought before Caesar: and, see, God has given you all them that sail with you.
 Why, sirs, be of good cheer: for I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me.
 However, we must be cast on a certain island.
 But when the fourteenth night was come, as we were driven up and down in Adria, about midnight the shipmen deemed that they drew near to some country;
 And sounded, and found it twenty fathoms: and when they had gone a little further, they sounded again, and found it fifteen fathoms.
 Then fearing lest we should have fallen on rocks, they cast four anchors out of the stern, and wished for the day.
 And as the shipmen were about to flee out of the ship, when they had let down the boat into the sea, under color as though they would have cast anchors out of the bow,
 Paul said to the centurion and to the soldiers, Except these abide in the ship, you cannot be saved.
 Then the soldiers cut off the ropes of the boat, and let her fall off.
 And while the day was coming on, Paul sought them all to take meat, saying, This day is the fourteenth day that you have tarried and continued fasting, having taken nothing.
 Why I pray you to take some meat: for this is for your health: for there shall not an hair fall from the head of any of you.
 And when he had thus spoken, he took bread, and gave thanks to God in presence of them all: and when he had broken it, he began to eat.
 Then were they all of good cheer, and they also took some meat.
 And we were in all in the ship two hundred three score and sixteen souls.
 And when they had eaten enough, they lightened the ship, and cast out the wheat into the sea.
 And when it was day, they knew not the land: but they discovered a certain creek with a shore, into the which they were minded, if it were possible, to thrust in the ship.
 And when they had taken up the anchors, they committed themselves to the sea, and loosed the rudder bands, and hoisted up the mainsail to the wind, and made toward shore.
 And falling into a place where two seas met, they ran the ship aground; and the forepart stuck fast, and remained unmovable, but the hinder part was broken with the violence of the waves.
 And the soldiers' counsel was to kill the prisoners, lest any of them should swim out, and escape.
 But the centurion, willing to save Paul, kept them from their purpose; and commanded that they which could swim should cast themselves first into the sea, and get to land:
 And the rest, some on boards, and some on broken pieces of the ship. And so it came to pass, that they escaped all safe to land.
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And I think that this story does show us something that God does care for us. God does watch over us, and though we may at times be caught up in the uncontrollable whims of the force of nature on this planet, we can trust in God because He does care – and conditions of life on this planet and God's individual attention at times to our own lives testify to that fact. Let's take heart in that. It is a very encouraging and a comforting truth of God's word.
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