Did you know that Punxsutawney Phil recently spent some time in the hospital? Well, he did. It happened in April when we were a full month past his Groundhog Day prediction of six more weeks of cold weather and Spring was starting to feel a lot like winter. So, naturally a Facebook meme appeared showing him bedridden after being beaten by an angry, cold person somewhere digging out of an unseasonable Spring nor’easter storm.
Now, you and I both know that the fate of our climate does not rest on a groundhog’s shadow. But, when I heard a local weatherman share the Facebook story, I still laughed at the absurdity of the whole thing.
It was just interesting to me because even though all the cold, snow and ice made it feel like winter, it is still Spring. I wondered if sometimes human nature feeds an innate need in us to find a place or person to lay blame on for a bad season in our lives. Even if a lot of stormy seasons are of our own making.
One factor that determines whether or not you will experience colder or warmer weather is your geographic location. Here in the deep south, it can feel summer warm all the way through October or longer. Likewise, winter cold can linger through April or May in the Northeast.
Ironically, the weather these past couple of weeks has everyone saying that we skipped right over the warm breezy climate of Spring temperatures and went straight to full blown summer heat.
Of course, in keeping with our theme here, that made me ponder this “seasons of life” thing even more. How many times have we thought we were nearing the end of a bad season and looking forward to a little bit of a reprieve only to have life throw us another “hotter than July” situation?
I thought of the words of Ecclesiastes 3:1. To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven. Seasons are just that. Seasons. Three short months on the calendar of your life. Granted, there will be uncomfortable seasons that will last much longer than three months. Some bad seasons can last for years. But, rest assured that God will orchestrate those days accordingly. It’s okay to trust him even when life throws you a winter curveball in the middle of your “happy dance” Spring. No matter how hot it gets, it won’t replace the forthcoming Summer season. For that matter, even if we get a blizzard in April, winter will not return until December. Why not reflect on that some today?
Whether you are facing a tsunami of emotional life changes or a tornado of teenage drama, he will never leave you nor forsake you. The damages can be minor or they might be catastrophic, but remember this. You are not alone in the storm. Even the winds and rain obey him. Matt. 8:27.
Douglas Miller wrote it like this in his song, My soul’s Been Anchored:
But if the storms don’t cease
And if the wind keeps on blowing, (in my life)
My soul has been anchored in the Lord.
So, whatever season you find yourself in. Don’t live your life in fear of the storms. Be prepared like the man who built his house on a rock instead of sand (Matthew 7:24 -27).