Watching the weather change…

Posted: September 11, 2012 in Uncategorized
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So we are in the “off” week of Karen’s chemo…she saw all her doctors yesterday and received glowing reports, so that is very good, praise God. I hope that this is the pattern to come: a few rough days of side effects, and generally life as normal. (Does that word even have a meaning? I keep waiting for it to happen, and I think I’m waiting for the wrong thing.) Monday she has her next treatment, and we start over again.

I spoke of the weather changing in the title…and it has, in many ways. Living in Houston, you just get used to the heat and humidity, but you still get tired of it. And I work construction, so I’m out in the heat and blazing sun far more often than the average person. Somewhere around the Labor Day weekend I start having nostalgic visions of October…that’s when it usually cools down for good.  (One reason Halloween was always my favorite holiday was it was finally cool enough to enjoy being outdoors with people!) But the “sneak preview” we’re having this week is a refreshing pause…stepping outside in the morning, and taking a deep breath that doesn’t make me want to spit it back out is a nice change! The change of the seasons, the circle of life making another revolution…these things always bring to mind the constancy of God’s grace. The bible tells us  in Psalm 19 that:

“The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of His hands.
 Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they reveal knowledge.
 They have no speech, they use no words;
no sound is heard from them.
 Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world.”

Just as I can see the seasons change, I see the internal weather of our lives ebb and flow, and I can feel God’s sustaining presence all the while. Sometimes it is very hot for a spell, and we wonder if we will ever see a break from the heat; other times it’s cold and blustery in our souls, and we crave the warmth our bodies need. In these and other times, we need to be aware that God is always there in His creation, always maintaining the rhythm…and that the ups and downs are all a part of the plan, not deviations from it. The writer of Ecclesiastes, speaking from his vantage of age and wisdom, encourages us to keep this in mind, as we consider the state of our lives:

“He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.”

Ecclesiastes 3:11 (emphasis added)

We have a choice: we can either lament the situation we are in, and long for other (better? not really) times; or we can rejoice that this moment belongs to the Lord, just as every moment does, and rejoice in all that He has done, is doing, and has in store for tomorrow. I think I much prefer the latter, and I would strongly encourage you to try looking at the world from this perspective…it really can change your weather forecast, too.

Following had after Him,

Nicky

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