Sunday, March 4, 2012

What did God send you this week?

God’s voice thunders in marvelous ways;

he does great things beyond our understanding.

He says to the snow, ‘Fall on the earth,’

and to the rain shower, ‘Be a mighty downpour.’

So that everyone he has made may know his work,

he stops all people from their labor.

Job 37:5-7 New International Version (NIV)

This past Tuesday night it started snowing around the time I went to bed. The forecast was for blizzard-like conditions with large accumulations of snow. They had said something similar the week before and we got flurries. The weatherman claimed that the storm had changed paths, so I wasn’t too concerned that Tuesday’s snow would amount to much. Wrong.

I woke up Wednesday to 18 inches of fresh thick wet snow on the ground. On my way to work, I got stuck in the four-wheel drive, in the middle of the road. The snow was so deep on our un-plowed country road that the Blazer wasn’t high enough to clear it. In answer to my prayer, the town snow plow came along and the driver pulled me out. I was able to follow his path to the highway.

We were luckier than other parts of the country, where deadly tornadoes again destroyed entire towns.

God can do what He wants with our weather and there is nothing we can do about it. We can be prepared, have extra food and water on hand, have a back-up power supply. But when the weather turns ugly, we just have to deal with it.

Is God flexing His wrath when he throws us storms and floods and tornadoes? Reminding us how puny and helpless we are? I honestly don’t know. All I do know is that when things are bad, whether the weather or our health or our finances, we have to trust that God is going to be there for us when we call out to Him.

Lord, thank you for sending snow or rain when we need the moisture and warm sun when we need the heat. Thank you for the clouds and wind and all the other weather that you send us for your own reasons. Help us to remember that no matter happens, the rainbow always comes after the storm.

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