God’s Word for Today: Steam
Believe it or not, the structure in this picture will one day be the boiler that provides all the steam needed for an ethanol plant. It doesn’t look like much now, but within 150 days, it will be a massive monument of steel and technology performing a task as simple as boiling water. Albeit, this will be on a much grander scale and in a more controlled environment.
Steam can be many things. I remember as a child when one of us would be suffering from congestion, mom would put a vaporizer in our room at night to add needed moisture to our dry Nebraska air. This steam was good.
Back in the day, steam was used to power trains, boats, tractors, and even cars. Good stuff, and fascinating to look at the engineering that went into these heavy, plates riveted, one step away from a bomb, machines. Now steam is used more for generating electrical power and processing various other products that we can use for energy. Like ethanol.
Steam is most noted for making the best rice possible. Steamed vegetables while notably healthy for you, to me are bland and need some life added. But tender, fluffy, dances on your fork type rice, now that is good stuff. Yay steam.
Proverbs 30:33 For as churning cream produces butter, and as twisting the nose produces blood, so stirring up anger produces strife.
Cartoons used to depict anger as steam coming out of one’s ears. When a character got mad, they showed hot red rising through the body, filling the face, and eventually releasing out the ears as steam. Of course, fists were curled, arms coiled, eyes bulging, and whatever else could be used to show a temper out of control.
I am the type of person that is slow to anger. It builds and builds and builds some more. Then, seemingly from nowhere, the steam explodes and not very good words come from my mouth. Other people are hurt. Life is not good. I have caused strife.
My brother on the other hand, gets his anger over with. He doesn’t let it build into a bomb that destroys. He has like a Pressure Safety Valve that releases the excess steam in more controlled bursts. As his little brother, I became very adept at making my brother mad and then trying to avoid getting burned. Didn’t work so well, but at the time was fun.
Which anger management is better? I can’t say. God blessed each of us with our own unique temperament. I must not judge anyone else’s. I have had to learn how to handle mine.
Prayer helps, and at times, lots of prayer. Any excess energy I possess is much better served as a useful tool than as harmful steam. Anger causing strife is like steam releasing into thin air. Doesn’t do much good. Let God help you build your personally structured steam boiler that is useful to all……… Amen and amen.