It’s possible I misspoke when I declared one Sunday that ‘spring was definitely coming soon.’ But, as I began writing this on April 9th and now finish it up on April 16th, it is obvious that I am wrong. As you know, there has been a snowfall on each of these two Mondays. Wow! A meteorologist commented this morning on the TV news that the record shows snow has fallen in our area as late as the first several days in May. So, it is not unheard of, but mid-April snow sure is unusual.
Do you ever wonder why something has happened (like snow in April) and also why the answer to your questions cannot be found? I do, and life is filled with these unknowable things. Oh, sure, lots can be known and discovered and learned and surmised, but not everything. Mysteries are a part of our lives.
God knows. I trust that things are in his larger, eternal control and plan. While we do have free will and our own choices to make, God can see and guide and encourage this world (and indeed all creation) to his best plan for us all. But the mysteries of God, and reasons unfathomable to us, are known to him.
Isaiah gives us such incredible insight into the Lord’s ideas and thoughts. In his prophetic voice, he tells us what God has allowed him to say on his behalf. Chapter 55:8-13 is a wonderful example of this, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord.
“As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish,
so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands. Instead of the thorn bush will grow the juniper, and instead of briers the myrtle will grow. This will be for the Lord’s renown, for an everlasting sign, that will endure forever.”
How incredible. Of course, Gods’ thoughts and ways are greater than ours. Of course, Gods’ word returns to him having done what God desires. We still may not understand everything, but we know that all creation is involved, even as the trees applaud and mountains sing, and that it is all good. “And we know that in all things, God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” – Romans 8:28
So, hang in there. God is with us, in the midst of it, all the time. We struggle to ‘get it’ but God’s plan is in place for eternal gain, and a good future for each of us.
…I realize this article is being finished up a week before you will read it in the May newsletter. I hope snow seems like a distant memory. But if, perchance, it is still unpredictable weather for the spring season, remember that our hearts can always be warmed by the Sonshine…
Your Pastor, Karen