While watching Mysterious Ways on TV, I blurted out a harsh giggle. Well, not due to Adrian Pasdar’s sartorial shockers but because of the episode’s plot itself – an astounding rain of fish in a small town.
But a yell from my guardian angel swiftly stopped the giggle – Hey Mr. Lay Eucharistic Minister! Have you forgotten the manna from heaven or the plagues in Egypt?
Oh yes! – God forgive me – I made a quick sign of the cross to shake off my religious jamais vu.
I spent a considerable part of my youth donning the sotana as a major seminarian, yet I forgot that many parts of the Holy Bible depicted how God made “rains of food for his people”.
The manna or moun salwa, according to the Bible, was made available to the Israelites six mornings a week after the dew had evaporated. The Exodus said that it was comparable to hoarfrost in size and tasted like wafers that had been made with honey. Though the manna arrived with the dew at night, some scholars referred to it as the rain of divine supply.
Also in Exodus, the rain of frogs is listed as one of the Ten Plagues sent by God to convince the Pharaoh to release the slaves of Egypt.
Although some bible students described it as a “storm of frogs,” the Exodus narrated that God commanded Moses to tell Aaron to stretch his staff over the water, and hordes of frogs came and overran Egypt. Some Wikipedia accounts maintained that the Pharaoh's sorcerers were also able to duplicate this plague with their magic. However, since they were unable to remove it, Pharaoh was forced to grant permission for the Israelites to leave so that Moses would agree to remove the frogs.
But similar occurrences allegedly happened also beyond biblical times. Reports on rains of frogs, toads and fish litter the net and papers: rain of fish in Singapore in 1861 and in Rhode Island in 1900; rain of jellyfish in England in 1894; rain of worms in Louisiana in 2007; and rain of frogs and toads in Japan this year.
Some scientists explain that small and light living things, like fish, frogs and worms are sucked by tornadoes or storms and then let them fall some distance away in a rain-like manner.
In short, both the Bible and science are saying that we should not giggle at an account about a rain of fish because it is very much possible. Okay, okay, I should not also laugh at Adrian Pasdar’s wardrobe.
But just a wishful thinking, I hope that the heavens would also give us a special rain – a shower of good conscience, industriousness, genuine love and concern for our fellowmen.
Whoa! Another memory lapse! The heavens always inundate our lives with those blessings. But because of the insatiability of the evil shade of our humanity, we often fail to experience such special rain.
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