Commanding the wind

Over the Christmas break, while the strong El Nino brought us unseasonably warm weather, parts of the US bore the brunt of massive tornadoes and floods that created a wide swathe of death and destruction.

These natural disasters also spawn their share of delusional people who think that they themselves were spared because of supernatural forces. Most such people think that god especially looked out for them but Travis Gettys writes of Sabrina Lowe of Rowlett, Texas who went well beyond that says that she and her family were saved because they, like Moses, have god-like power over the wind and used that power to redirect the tornado and avoid getting hit.

“We actually went outside and started commanding the winds, because God had given us authority over the winds, the airways,” Lowe said. “And we just began to command this storm not to hit our area. We spoke to the storm and said, ‘Go to unpopulated places.’ It did exactly what we said to do, because God gave us the authority to do that.”

While no one was killed in Rowlett, 450 buildings were damaged. But eight people were killed and 600 buildings were damaged in the nearby town of Garland. Maybe the people of Garland should extend an offer to Lowe to move to their town so that the next time a tornado looms, it will spare them and wreak its fury on a town that does not have as a resident a person who can order tornadoes about.

Here’s Heston doing his Moses thing and commanding the wind.


  1. Matt G says

    Maybe Garland got hit because this woman redirected the tornado away from her own town. She may have blood on her hands, and there may be grounds for a lawsuit.

  2. chigau (違う) says

    Sabrina Lowe of Rowlett, Texas is a blaspheming heretic.
    And God™ is ticked at her.
    Just wait…

  3. says

    If they can command the storms around, shouldn’t they pay for the damages? Indeed, shouldn’t they be charged with murder for the people who died the next town over?

  4. says

    When the sea is parted, why isn’t the bottom still sandy mud/slime? I’d imagine it’d be darned hard to walk on. Instead it looks just like land. How odd.

    I doubt that yaweh was behind that. Yaweh’s style is more to let people halfway across then let the water fall back because his attention got diverted by someone being gay somewhere, and he had to use his water-manipulating powers to launch a tsunami or some such (and missed his target and killed a few towns full of worshippers and heathens)…

  5. StevoR says

    @ ^ Marcus Ranum : I’d like to know what happens to all those really weird deep sea fish and squid and worms. Plus teh black smoker communities. Bet they all got a sudden surprise!

    (FWIW Isn’t it a mistranslation of Reed Sea ie. a reedy lake?)

  6. says

    “Sabrina Lowe of Rowlett, Texas who went well beyond that says that she and her family were saved because they, like Moses, have god-like power over the wind”

    Normal people have survivor guilt. Religious fanatics have survivor hubris.

  7. Lofty says

    Rumour has it that it wasn’t the Red Sea but the Reed Sea that was crossed, a mistranslation of the original text. So it was just a guided walk across a swamp, the following army being mired in the mud.

  8. Nick Gotts says


    That’s an unnecessary “rational explanation”, since there’s not a particle of evidence outwith the Bible that any part of Exodus has the slightest relationship to real events. In particular, the current majority view among historians is the the Israelites never went to Egypt, let alone escaped and wandered 40 years in the desert, but were simply a subgroup of Canaanites.

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