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As I’m writing this blog a few days before the formal first day of summer in the USA, I’m thinking back to the winter which we experienced only a few months ago. To my mind it was one of the worst winters we’ve had in many years. Even the TV weather forecasters reminded us of this at least once a week. During those dark, dreary, snowy, cold months I remember looking forward to Ground Hog Day (Feb.2). On that day I said what I’ve been saying for a good many years, “it really doesn’t matter whether or not the ground hog in Punxatawny, Pennsylvania sees his shadow on that date. What matters is that the presence of that ground hog means that sooner or later, the weather will get better. Winter will eventually end, spring will arrive and we will again experience the summer weather we’ve all been longing for.
Once again, I was right. The last few days the sun has been shining. The temperature has been in the 80’s and it’s predicted that there are some 90 degree days coming this week. I wasn’t right about all this because I have any special ability to forecast the weather or any particular influence with God concerning the weather. I used to think I did, but eventually I realized I was wrong when, despite my prayers, it rained during two consecutive outdoor Easter sunrise services, and there was a real downpour during the Memorial Day parade one year. I discovered that when it comes to the weather my hopes are not always in agreement with God’s will. If you have been reading this blog for the last few years, you know what I always say. “If your hopes are in agreement with God’s will, God will fulfill those hopes. If not, then your hopes are just wishful thinking. “
I also came to realize that when it comes to the weather, it’s best to leave it in God’s hands. Don’t worry about the weather. Just accept whatever comes along. Because ultimately, like it or not, it’s going to go God’s way anyway. God knows just what weather is needed not to make us happy, but to assure that life goes on in the world. according to the laws of nature which God established when he created the universe.
Of course, this advice not to worry is not limited to the weather. Despite our human efforts to control just about everything, God is in control of everything needed for life, even when it doesn’t look that way. In the Bible (Matthew 6:25-34, Luke 12:22-31), Jesus says that we shouldn’t worry about things like food, clothing, and other basic material needs of life, because God knows what we need and in one way or another, will provide those things, in his time and his way. Instead, make a commitment to begin or continue to live in accordance with God’s will, guidance and direction, as though you are living here and now in the kingdom of God on earth as it is in heaven, which God will fully establish, in his time and his way. If you do that, you won’t have to worry (or complain) about the weather. Because God will give you all the grace you need to live with peace, love, and joy (again, in God’s time and God’s way), regardless of the weather. So don’t worry about the weather, or anything else, for that matter. Remember, worry won’t change anything, but God does and God will.
Grace and peace, Ray
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May God be with you,
Patty Perez and Ray Gough