I still remember the scene. I looked across the paddy fields in front of our house. A cow was grazing in the paddy field. Suddenly a whirlwind from the right side came into the scene. Once in a while on a hot day we see those small whirlwinds. I saw the trees behind the cow bending back and forth quicker and quicker. Then, the forefeet of the cow were lifted and the cow turned 180 degrees! The trees were still bending back and forth, but not as much as before. The tail of the cow swung for a little bit more, and then the whirlwind disappeared from the scene.
I was speechless, since I had never seen a whirlwind or tornado for real in my life. But after this day I did see these kind of whirlwinds more often in Isaan.
Yesterday I was reminded of the scene with the ‘flying cow’. One of our sisters in Christ, Niam, told us about a whirlwind passing her path while she was watching her cow in the paddy fields. ‘It looked like God was present with us!’ She didn’t say this out of the blue.
Sister Niam was watching the cows together with some neighbors. Most of the times the farmers will walk on their own with their cows, but once in a while they will gather and watch the cows together and enjoy one another’s company. While enjoying the shadow of some trees the farmers chatted together.
Sister Niam told a story about the Lord Jesus, but the neighbors were scoffing her. Sister Niam kept trusting the Lord for His guidance, but she realized she was on her own. Till…a whirlwind came by. They all had to grab onto a tree for safety. Everyone was quite scared! But after a moment the whirlwind disappeared as quickly as it came. Sister Niam did feel as if the Lord Jesus empowered her words: He was with them.
This time in a whirlwind, next time in the silence?