The heavens have opened up and dumped massive amounts of snow on my lovely little land over here in BC. And I love it! I am one of the rare Vancouverites that enjoy snow a lot. For everyone else this is a giant inconvenience.
I love the quiet that snow brings. I love the fun of playing and exploring in a white covered back yard with my kids. I love the fact that we get to come inside and warm up with tea and soup. I love it all!
But I imagine the person that planned their wedding today is rather irritated. I also imagine the person who is trying to get to a loved one in the hospital is feeling frustrated. And I know lots of people are concerned for their friends and family out driving around today.
We can’t predict this kind of stuff. Sure the weather network gives a shot at it, but we all know what kind of a crap shoot that is. We don’t have control over the weather. We get what we get, whether we want it or not. Although we think ourselves in control of the plans we make, it is these snowy reminders that make us remember otherwise. We make big long-term plans with all sorts of specific’s on how we are going to go here and there and make this amount of money or do this specific job. And then we become attached to our agenda’s, as though they are part of who we are.
But a mist can’t predict the future.
“Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.” ~ James 4: 13-17
James was echoing Jesus’s sermon on mount in Matthew 6:34, where Jesus said, “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” In other words, live for today! This does not mean eat, drink and be merry. It means today has it’s own trouble, so don’t worry about tomorrow as tomorrow is out of your control! God is in control! Make your plans all you want, but remember that God will have His way.
What that should do is make us feel as fragile as we are. We are but a mist that can vanish in an instant. We cannot boast about tomorrow.
It is the people who hear the words, “It looks like cancer,” or “You seem to have had a miscarriage, ” or “Your husband was in a car accident,” that know deeply the fragility of our state. They know how short life can be. They know they are not in control of what lays ahead of them.
That is why we must trust in the One who holds all these things in His hands. We must give God the glory by stating all of our earthly arrangements with an, “if the Lord will’s” ahead of them.
He creates and takes a life, He brings health or sickness and he makes the sun shine and the snow fall.
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