It’s elemental

I’m writing to the rhythm of raindrops. Raindrops pittering the windows and pattering my roof. Raindrops sliding down leaves and dripping from branches. Raindrops puddling dips in the road and watering grass.

It’s a familiar sound, a familiar sight. August rode into September on a waterslide.

As raindrops drizzle down my window panes, I realize why the members of the legendary band Earth, Wind & Fire chose that particular name for themselves. They recognized how the earth and the people who populate it depend on the elements—water, fire, and wind—to survive.

The band members hoped their music would be like a fourth element, that it would nourish the soul and stand the test of time.

OK. I have no idea if that’s the reason they named themselves Earth, Wind & Fire. But when rain keeps me inside for one too many days, whether right or wrong, my mind figures out all kinds of things and solves all types of issues.

And if you, like me, have time to contemplate the world around you, you’ll soon realize that God orchestrated the elements in amazing fashion. I can picture Him when he decided to create this masterpiece called earth. I imagine His hands flowing back and forth in conductor-like fashion.

One wave upward: sun, moon, sky, clouds. A motion below: oceans, rivers, lakes, trees, grass, desert. One elegant sweep of His hands: water, fire, wind.

Consider my drink of choice, water. It represents peace and war. It soothes and disrupts. It is languid and mighty.

Water provides recreation and generates destruction. No living thing on earth can survive without it. Yet in its savage state, water has the power to kill everything that gets in its way. Just ask Noah. He can tell you all about the brutality of water.

Forced water keeps enemies at bay and puts out fires. Consider fire. 

The moment God ignited the sun would have been something to behold. It’s the world’s eternal firework. We appreciate and take for granted how the sun’s rays provide heat and light and life; they both warm and burn.

Like water, fire is mostly good and a little bad. Campfires, hearth fires, and fire pits provide warmth and create calm and make it possible to char marshmallows for s’mores. Candle flames give ambiance and light and keep bugs at bay. A strike of a match can light celebratory fireworks, as well as health-eroding cigarettes.

Fire can both cook and scald our food. Like water, fire is an element of renewal and a weapon of devastation. But a world without fire would be NF, No Fun. It would be a cold, desolate place, and I’m not into living in cold, desolate places.

Wind creates cold, the kind that freezes snow to ice on a ski slope, the kind that cools hot skin on a 90-degree day. Consider wind. One quick puff quells a match flame; unrelenting gusts fuel forest fires.

Wind in the form of a breeze exudes the same comforting effect as its sister elements. It dries and restores and cools and creates energy. Up the MPH a tad or two, and wind wreaks havoc with canoes on a lake, sand at the beach, and tennis games.

While wind can be engineered to power renewable energy; uncontrollable wind ravages everything in its path. Where there is a natural disaster—tornados, hurricanes, typhoons, and more—you can be certain that wind is the engine that drives it.

I’m not sure why Earth, Wind & Fire didn’t call itself Rain, Wind & Fire or Earth, Wind, Rain & Fire, but I think my theory is valid.The musicians adopted a name with staying power. The elements aren’t going anywhere, and the band plays on.


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writer, blogger, columnist

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