Faith at Work XXXIV

May 2007

There is increasing talk of climate change and the need to be good stewards of all our resources; that now includes the whole earth, especially the lungs of our planet.  One of the tenants at the Science Park is very much concerned with meteorology and acts as a consultant for energy producers, looking ahead at weather patterns so that appropriate plans can be made to generate the amount of power required to satisfy demand.  It is a very complex business and requires the prediction not just of what the climate is doing but also of us fickle consumers.  Much of his data is what feeds the dramatic visual presentation of our weather on TV, but some of it is acquired simply by looking out of his window and observing natural growth, its timing and its colour; from his office, he also has an interrupted view of much of the sky; one wonders sometimes whether the TV presenters can see that when they are telling us what is currently happening out there.

Wind turbines are often in the news, but it is more often because they are noisy and intrusive rather than because they are elegant, efficient energy producers.  One of my roles before our company closed down five years ago was to help design composite discs for use in transferring the power from the turbine vanes to the generator; it was fascinating work.  My friendly consultant would rightly say that for every megawatt produced by a wind turbine, you need the equivalent alternative for when the air is still.  However, when the wind is blowing, considerable quantities of fuel could be saved and our carbon footprint reduced.

As we approach the Day of Pentecost, we need to be aware of another wind, the breath of God.  Not only did the creator breathe life into our world at the beginning of time, but he also visited the gathered company of the apostles at Pentecost to demonstrate the availability and power of the Holy Spirit [see Acts 2].  Unlike the fickle wind, the Spirit of God is in constant supply and is always, everywhere there for us to draw on, to be inspired and challenged by.  During his presence on earth, Jesus showed his mastery of life by stilling storms [Mark 4:35ff.] and resolving conflict [John 8:3ff.]; he promises us, as he did his followers, that we have access to that same authority through the Holy Spirit [John 16:7ff].  Here is how the Celts saw that (from Carmina Gadelica: “ruler of the elements”):

To whom become tranquil strait and ocean?
To Jesus Christ, Chief of each saint,
Son of Mary, Root of victory,
Son of Mary, Root of victory.

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