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Topic: WEATHER (07/19/18)
By Emmanuella Ellis
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As I stood there and watched the 411 bus take off, a saw a dozen kids playing in the rain. That made me smile because I remembered how fun it was to play in the rain as a kid. My parents weren’t excited about this but the benefits of having fun always weighed much more than the cost of being punished, so I always went ahead with it.
There I was upset as I watched the rain pour down, but a dozen kids were extremely excited about it. I was sure that some farmers were also excited about this since their plants would love the rain. I wondered how life would be if everyone lived under their own sky where the weather conditions are made to suit each individual.
But would that take away the unpredictability associated with weather conditions since such decisions are made by God and not me? Would this mean, it's not really about the weather being unpredictable but God being unpredictable? But then there were days that I really loved the rain and wished for it. Particularly days when I didn’t have to go to school or when I had a ride to town. So then maybe it is my emotions that are unpredictable.
One thing was clear, I didn’t like dealing with unpredictable situations. I like to know what to expect ahead of every step. Everything had to go according to plan but that doesn’t happen often. Life is much like the weather, very unpredictable. We often have our lives planned out pretty well and thus we know what has to happen at different times.
We have categorised our lives into different seasons and determined what is expected to happen in each season. For instance, we grow up expecting that we would get an education, pursue further education, find a job, get married to a decent God-fearing guy, have kids, watch them grow, take care of our parents and, find the ministry God had purposed for us and work at it. All these are expected to occur sequentially and within different time frames but we all know life just doesn’t happen that way.
Before you know it, the rain of success and marriage has delayed, a storm of failure and depression begins to stir up leading to a flood of tears. The floodgates of opportunities are shut before you and the brightness of God’s favour doesn’t seem to shine on you. Just like having a weather forecast that doesn’t go according to plan, we also make certain forecasts for our lives which doesn’t go according to plan. It is unpredictable because we don’t plan our lives but God does and He knows best.
To know and accept Jesus as Lord is to accept unpredictability because it is agreeing to live under His sky and He determines the weather. However, God is also predictable in the sense that you can be assured of daily showers of grace, favour and mercy, a flood of His presence, a storm of protection which blows away the attacks of the enemy, beautifully fluffy flakes of love and the bright light of HolySpirit shining to lead you away from darkness.
Maybe we need to focus less on how unpredictable life is and more on trusting God because the One who controls the weather and your life always knows what's best for you. There are little amazing surprises God drops in our lives that cause us to see His greatness and allows us to enjoy life in a whole new way. It’s having a set of twins when you didn’t expect to have a baby, being the best student in your class, leading one more person to Christ, seeing a friend get healed, getting a travel opportunity, the list goes on.
We enjoy this unpredictable aspect of Him even more, however, it's a two-way street, you don’t always get want you think you want.
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