Bomb Cyclone


Yesterday was a picture perfect day here in Colorado. You could have slipped on your flip-flops, walked down to the park, and basked in the perfect 80-degree temperature while enjoying a delightful breeze in your face. Today, we’re under a blizzard warning. More specifically, we’re expecting a “bomb cyclone” (yes, a second one). Just hours before the storm started, the news indicated that it was going to reach bomb cyclone levels (MSN).

This leaves me asking a couple of questions: 1) What exactly is a “bomb cyclone”? 2) Who in the world comes up with these names? While the second question is a mystery, the first is easily explained. Technically speaking, all storms are cyclones. The term “bomb” simply means that it develops explosively. A storm becomes a bomb cyclone when it has a central pressure drop of 24 millibars within 24 hours (Fox News). In simple terms, it is a severe storm that develops very quickly, typically bringing high winds and a lot of snow/rain. Since it happens so suddenly, it becomes particularly dangerous when a person is caught unprepared for it.

While the mid-west braces and prepares for this bomb cyclone, let’s also allow this storm serve as a reminder to prepare for much a more serious event – Judgment Day (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17). That day is coming. We’ve had plenty of warnings (Matthew 24:42-44). There is no reason people should be caught unprepared (Matthew 25:1-13). Sadly, people will still be unprepared (Matthew 24:42-51).

It’s ironic. We will brace for a storm by buying groceries, make sure we have alternate light and heating sources, and double-checking the integrity of the home. However, for Judgment Day we can end up leaving ourselves spiritually starving (1 Peter 2:2), without the Light (1 John 1:5-7), and with cracks our spiritual armor (Ephesians 6:10-17). The results will be disastrous.

So let’s make sure we’re prepared. Prepared for life’s storms. Prepared for Judgment Day. And when necessary, prepared for both.

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