So how much power is swirling in Hurricane Ike right now?
So how much power is swirling in Hurricane Ike right now? With Gustav last week and Ike this week and possibly Josephine a few days hence, the destructive power of nature’s howling winds is on more than a few minds! Googling for the answer, I discovered several sources that have calculated that, while it is extremely difficult to compute the power of a single hurricane, it is estimated its power is equivalent to 400 twenty-megaton hydrogen bombs (8000 megatons, or 8 billion tons of TNT). If you converted that to electricity, it would be enough to power our nation for six months! According to the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists the “total destructive power” of our planet’s known nuclear arsenals is 5000 megatons—3000 megatons less power than that contained in a single hurricane. The point? Mother Nature packs an explosive wallop unequaled on earth by man! Would that be true of Father Nature, too? True of God? But of course. No wonder then the very first followers of the risen Christ were so insistent on and consistent in connecting with their divine Lord. They called it “prayer.” And even a cursory reading of Acts reveals they did it often. Do you suppose the reason you and I pray as little as we do is because we’ve lost prayer’s connection with the explosive, risen Christ? I.e., prayer for us has become a lazy afternoon breeze, when in fact it conceals in its calm center (like the deceptively still “eye” of a hurricane) the seeds of a mighty wind so powerful that there is nothing in all of humanity or even “satanity” itself that can resist the explosive divine omnipotence prayer taps. Perhaps we’ve been lulled into relegating the practice of prayer to elderly ladies and tiny children, when truth is it is the most potent weapon any earth child can wield! John Dawson in his compelling Taking Our Cities for God observes: “The prayer of a human being can alter history by releasing legions of angels into the earth. If we really grasped this truth, we would pray with intensity, and we would pray constantly” (140). If we really believed in the power of prayer, we really would be praying constantly, wouldn’t we? But of course. Praying for what? “Primetime: Down on All Fours” seeks the answer. The Japanese called it kamikaze—literally, “God’s wind.” Makes you wonder in this season of the hurricane, could that be the blowing that we hear?