The sun peeked through the morning mist today. What started as tints of red and gold, exploded into a kaleidoscope of color. Soon pinks were blending into mauve and the hazy cloudiness made it look like surreal.
We’re experiencing a January thaw in my town. Most years our January has us older folks going into a semi-hibernation. We breathe slower, our hearts calm down, we sleep more – even when we don’t need to. We take less showers, because we don’t want to experience the chill that comes with getting wet. We don’t go anywhere unless it’s vital. We wonder if the pipes will freeze again or the furnace will hold up. We don extra clothing, except for the stout hearted who choose to run around in shorts all year long.
This year, however, God has blessed us and will continue for at least another week, with temps in the 40s. Immediately our minds wake up. We feel refreshed and eager to get back at some of the chores left undone in the fall. We are energized even though we know it won’t last. When all is said and done, we’ll go back into the freezer once more. Old aches and pains return. You want to do nothing.
Why does God place these challenges in front of those He loves. We know we can’t control the weather. Men and women have been trying for centuries to have a consistent temperature every day. Scientists, astrologists, biologists look for answers, but we know that God has completed the work, but we need to have faith in this plan to make our world come back to life.
No matter what the temperature – no matter how hard we try to control it – no matter how much we want to be in charge – we’re not. Only God can cause the winds to blow and the snows to fall. Only God can execute the perfect plan for our lives. He gives us the wisdom we need to fulfill the things that God wants us to do. His wisdom can be found in the Bible. Every time we open the pages of that wondrous book, we are going to be able to apply it in our own lives. That’s why it’s been on the best seller list for so long.
When we plan for our future, we need to make wise choices even as we grow old. There is no expiration date on the Word of God. This year, make it part of your daily pattern to search the scriptures. My mother in law literally dug into the Word so much, that the pages of her Bible were torn, withered and written upon. We still hold onto this book of hers, because it has power beyond imagination and its just waiting for all to open it and devour it. Wisdom lies within its pages – wisdom that can only brought to our hearts with the aid of the Holy Spirit.
“Get wisdom, get understanding; do not forget my words or turn away from them. Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you.”