- Joshua 1:9
All of us who live on the Eastern Seaboard have seen some interesting weather over the last couple of days. Here in North Florida, a cold front was ushered in Friday night with a thunderstorm which exceeded any fireworks display witnessed on New Year's Eve. It resembled a combat military artillery assault in both flash and boom, both beautiful and frightening at the same time.
Further north, yet still in the the Southland, the rain turned to snow, blanketing many places not accustomed to the white stuff with six to twelve inches of snow, snarling traffic yet turning the dead winter landscape into a winter wonderland. It was a great time to slow down, sit by a fire and enjoy the peace and serenity which a fresh snowfall can so easily bring.
Weather variances, from sunny, to cloudy, to rain, snow and storm offer the potential as nature provides for us to witness the many faces of God. Sunshine and its warmth and light offer the hope for a better life and world, rain brings the much needed water that sustains life, snow signifies the purity of God's love and even the storm has its place, showing the power that God possesses and can use whenever He has a reason to do so. We don't usually know when and how his plan will impact us in advance, but through our experience with weather changes we can be assured that there is an important reason for all that he does that plays a part in our life.
God is loving and kind, yet he sometimes shows anger and disgust with things that we do and it is up to us to open our hearts to Him so that we can learn the reason for what He does and what He expects from us in return. For even in his sometimes anger at our actions, He always loves us and wants the best for us. It's the reason He gave up His only Son for us, the ultimate sacrifice that He could provide. His is a lifelong lesson for us, and even as we mortal sinners never fully grasp it, if we give our faith to Him and truly believe, He will ultimately show us His purpose and His way. And that, my friends, is something you can "take to the bank", for the riches and joys it will bring are not only priceless but eternal as well.
Have a wonderful day and enjoy the weather, sunny, cold, wet, stormy or whatever it might be, for it is part of His way of teaching and preparing us for the mission we are give. It is part of living life. God bless you all.