Over and over again we’ve heard this particular warning every hurricane season; we heard it at the last hurricane that was threatening the east coast just recently from the governor of Florida, Rick Scott, you remember. “This storm will kill you,” he said. The message was clear. “Listen to the evacuation warning. Get yourself and your family to safety. This storm will kill you.” And yet this time, like every time before it and every other time, the Weather Channel will interview people who live in a trailer at the beach who say, “It will blow over. I’m not worried and I’m not moving.” And then the storm passes and the cameras come back and the devastation is immense; sometimes the loss of life immense. Nobody likes to hear the warnings about a coming storm, nobody wants to take action, but if we don’t pay attention the results can be catastrophic nevertheless.
on Exodus 32
Kathryn Rawlins lives in London. Recently she discovered that her favorite flower vase, which she has used as a coffee table ornament for about thirty years, was, in fact, an unexploded shell dropped by a German zeppelin during World War I. When she was fifteen, apparently, she dug it up in the school yard with some friends and ever since she’s been unscrewing the conical cap of the shell, filling it with water, and there the live explosive would sit on her mantelpiece with flowers sticking out of the top of it. One day after watching a television show about the unexploded ordinance, she began to worry about the shell turned vase. A quick call to the police and sure enough she was told that for the past thirty years she had been sitting next to a bomb capable of killing anyone within a twenty-meter radius.