The Weather

19 Mar

Do you ever feel emotional effects from the weather? I do not mean catastrophic weather like floods, fires and blizzards, but just the everyday stuff like clouds or a sprinkle or even a downpour? I find myself inspired by sunny days and a little gloomy on rainy days. If I only believed that rain was a cleansing period sent from Heaven to prepare for the joy that will come on the next sunny day, I might have a different feeling about rain. There are plenty of cliche statements about rainy days– “April showers bring may flowers.” Rainbows follow rain .” And while I value the truths of those statements I still sometimes moan about the weather.

Does that make me a fickle person who changes my feelings just as the weather changes? Does that make me demanding, wanting the weather and maybe other things to somehow always or at least often go my way? If my moods swing with the weather, does this suggest that I might actually sometimes justify cranky behavior on a cloudy day? I hope not!

God would have us see things differently. Jesus spoke of how we will not have beautifully sunny days in constant measure, but rather he would have us be patient and still and trust for the new tomorrow. He promised to feed the 5,000 even when food supplies were low. He promised to raise Lazarus when his family believed all hope was lost. He spoke of the power of faith even as tiny as a mustard seed.

Shall I lean on God’s wisdom to gain some meteorological perspective?

I hope on the next rainy day I will recall Jesus and his disciples and focus on the trust of God’s control and the new day to come.

“Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.
— Matthew 8:24-26 (NIV)





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