Last year on this day, I wrote about the unprecedented tornadoes and hurricanes that were a reminder to us of our creaturely dependence on God. Now, one year later, we are experiencing the worst fires in 100 years in the Southwest, unprecedented heat waves everywhere, a freak windstorm that knocked out power in the Mid-Atlantic states, and the worst floods in the South in 100 years. What can make men feel more helpless than fire, flood, heat, and wind!
Is it any less obvious today than it was last year, or 100 years ago, or 1,000 years ago, that we are not the architects of our own destiny, as independent people are prone to think. Will natural, as well as economic and political, chaos make us see how vulnerable we are, cause us to repent of our independence, and bring us to the end of ourselves? A Declaration of Dependence? The day that happens we will truly be able to celebrate "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."