It was big news last summer, when through strategic “cloud-seeding” the Chinese were able to hold an Olympics without rain and Olympic marathoners were able to run without smog. This week, the “Beijing Weather Modification Office” has failed to control the weather on a major scale that has resulted in November snow across the typically arid north of China. The consequences have been 40 deaths, a few building collapses, and major delays at the airport.

As far as its relevance to Mockingbird, I am reminded that our own efforts also fail to produce the desired results in relation to God’s law, and we are frequently reminded of the limited power of our works. As the Wall Street Journal reports on the Chinese weather-control efforts, “[Cloud Seeding] can augment precipitation, but only by perhaps 10 to 20%…its power is still limited.”