Last week, radiation from the sun disrupted satellites and forced airlines to reroute their planes. It was the strongest solar storm to strike our planet since 2005. Today we learn that such attacks will be bombarding us on a monthly basis. As big as last week’s storm was, scientists say we got lucky–it glanced off our planet’s magnetic field. If future storms attack us more directly, they could cause massive power blackouts, radio disruptions and satellite failures. And there’s absolutely nothing we can do to stop them.
Every now and then, nature reminds us of our frailties. Yesterday I encountered a statement in Scripture that seems relevant to this fact. Responding to his critics, Jesus said, “You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God” (Matthew 22:29). Immediately I was struck by this insight: it is vital that we trust both the word of God and the power of God.