Each of us on a daily basis will begin our days in different ways. Some maybe start out by exercising, for some perhaps taking time to do breakfast and catch the news. All of us have a routine that we follow to start our day.
One thing that I feel certain about is that at some point before we do begin our day is that we are going to check the weather. Everybody talks and or complains about the weather, but as they say nobody can do anything about it. Because after all it is out of our hands.
The weather is a constant in our lives. No matter what we do throughout the day or where we go it will be a presence that will impact each of us. No one can say that the weather is not a major part of their lives.
I live in the Midwest. And just like everybody else I can say that the weather will have an impact on what my day will be like. If it is summer well then chances are at some point it is going to be extremely hot. Sometimes to the point where it may cause you to almost shut down. Now as far as the winters are concerned, for most Midwestern’s we know that winter represents a season of snow, cold and ice that makes one believe that we may never see another day without snow. Frankly at times I have found myself in the winter thinking that I will not make to spring let alone summer.
Given the importance of the weather that we live with I am reminded of the fact that regardless of what it may bring, we are challenged with the task of continuing to move forward on a daily basis. Some days as they say there will be the sunshine and some days there will be the rain or even worse at times.
As we go along the road in this Christian life I have begun to reflect on the issue of weather in a different vein. Just like the physical presence of the weather in our lives, there are going to be different types of weather in our spiritual lives as well.
There are of course those times when all is going well. It would seem that the sunshine is bright to the point where we truly believe that nothing could ever go wrong. We may be given to say that the yes God’s love and presence is so warming and comforting that we can’t thank him enough. These are for each of us days when life is all that we hoped and prayed for. For days such as these we are assured of the greatness of God and his love.
But I do recall that words of my elders. Words that echo in my spirit from day to day. Life they told me will not always be about the sunshine. It will not be 100% picturesque. This much you can be sure of they said; if you live long enough there will be storms in your life.
None of us I feel safe in saying enjoys the storms. Those storms of life are something that we can’t always be ready for. Storms that will take many different shapes and forms. For some it may be an issue of health, for others it may be the overwhelming pressures that they confront from the time that they arise until they settle down to sleep.
If we are to be honest, there are going to be those times for us whereby these storms of life will almost turn us upside down. As well there will be times when it would seem that we are almost to the point of going under. We all have been at that point at some time during this Christian journey.
But as well I take to heart that no matter what the storm will be in my life, as the songwriter penned, that in the word of God I have an anchor. An anchor as it has been sung who is steadfast, and unmovable despite the storms.
When it fact that storms of life are raging, it is then that we are called to turn our hearts and minds back to what God himself has promised. He has promised that he will be with us no matter what. Isaiah 41:10 declares so do not fear, for He is with us, for us to not be dismayed for he is our God.
Yes there will be seasons of weather in all of our lives. Seasons that will see us with mountain top feelings of joy as we bask in the sunshine of life. And as well there will of course be those days when the storms of life find us awash in feelings of doubt and despair. But we as Christians know that as God is our protector, He is our refuge and strength an ever present help in our time of need. Thanks be to God for being with each of us not matter what the weather may be.
To God be the Glory
Alan T. Black