Weather or Not

If I were the one in control, the weather would always be beautiful on Sunday morning. God and I have had this discussion for years now. Mostly I talk. God doesn’t say much about it. All I ever get is, “It rains on the just and the unjust alike.”  You would think that God would make it as easy as possible for people to go to church on Sundays. On the last day of winter it was 72° in Tulsa. Saturday and Sunday it stayed around 30° and we had 6 inches of blowing snow. Monday was a beautiful 60° day, of course.

Maybe it is all a test of my character. Or maybe God just didn’t want to go to church in Oklahoma last Sunday. God may have been in North Dakota helping take care of people facing flood waters, in Iceland in the aftermath of the volcanic eruption, or maybe there were too many basketball teams praying for a March Madness miracle. Most likely God does not micromanage the weather at all. It’s probably more about strengthening our character.

I have discovered through the years that I have no control over most things. I have no control over the weather, the world economy or even other people. I have no control over who decides to get up and come to church on Sunday mornings, whether people tithe or give an offering, or who will share a witness of faith on any given day. Some days I barely have control over my own impulses and decisions. What I do have is influence, both positive and negative. I have the influence of example, and the opportunity to model my life choices before others. Self control is the test of life. So let it snow in the springtime, for all sunshine makes a very dry desert.

Keep healthy. Pray mightily. Enjoy your life today. Pass today’s test. And let’s experience the love and power of God together.

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