April 13, 2006
An Event of Biblical Proportions
Posted by Gordon Smith

Joseph This evening I attended a performance of "Joseph and the Amazing Techincolor Dreamcoat" with my daughter at Madison's stunning Overture Center for the Arts. As we exited the center, we felt small drops of rain, but just as we reached the parking garage -- less than one block from the center -- large balls of hail poured from the sky. I have seen a lot of hailstorms, but nothing quite like this. Much of the hail was about the size of golf balls,  and the sound was like automatic gunfire, particularly since it was hitting cars parked along the street. People who were driving past the parking garage swerved in as quickly as they could, and the rest of us just stared in wonder.

Having just watched a show about Joseph in Egypt, my mind turned to the scriptures:

And Moses stretched forth his rod toward heaven: and the LORD sent thunder and hail, and the fire ran along upon the ground; and the LORD rained hail upon the land of Egypt. So there was hail, and fire mingled with the hail, very grievous, such as there was none like it in all the land of Egypt since it became a nation. And the hail smote throughout all the land of Egypt all that was in the field, both man and beast; and the hail smote every herb of the field, and brake every tree of the field.

I realize it's not a perfect fit. God would never target Madison, right?

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