Punxsutawney Phil did it again. He saw his shadow and therefore there will be six more weeks of winter. This year has been brutal for most of the nation as far as winter is concerned. Even in Florida temperatures are in the 50s rather than the usual humidly, hot 90s. For us in Minnesota, six more weeks of winter is a given. We all know that February is just an extension of January, and we won’t see green grass again until May. We’ve grown accustomed to the cold temperatures in my state.
It’s funny that our country relies on the weather prediction of a wooly mammal. I guess it’s wishful thinking for most folks. But many would much rather see one of those groundhogs mounted and hanging in some dingy pool hall. Poor little groundhog. He really has no say in the matter. Whether or not he comes out and sees his shadow is not going to determine the fate of the next six weeks any more than if I were to claim I was 20 years old.
When Bill Murray appeared in the movie, “Ground Hog Day,” we were all exposed to deja vous all over again and again. The character he portrayed couldn’t get out of the rut he was in. I guess we all have that kind of experience at one time or another. We feel stuck in our daily existence. We feel trapped by our circumstances. We even feel that there is no hope for anything new under the sun. Fortunately, we have a God that’s in charge of that very reality. He knows the plans He’s already designed for each person living on this planet. Because of that we can be assured that our future is in good hands.
Instead of putting our faith in a furry little fuzz ball, trust in the Creator of all things. He will turn the frigid days of winter into spring and use the melting snow to nourish the thirsty ground. He controls the weather, the environment, the climate and all things pertaining to His creation.