Friday, October 4, 2013

The Weather Geeks Have It!

We have been born into a new life which has an inheritance that can’t be destroyed or corrupted and can’t fade away. That inheritance is kept in heaven for you, since you are guarded by God’s power through faith for a salvation that is ready to be revealed at the end of time.
You are extremely happy about these things, even though you have to suffer different kinds of trouble for a little while now. The purpose of these troubles is to test your faith as fire tests how genuine gold is. Your faith is more precious than gold, and by passing the test, it gives praise, glory, and honor to God. This will happen when Yeshua Christ appears again. ~ 1 Peter 1:4-7, NOG

You may be surprised to learn this, but I am a weather geek.  While I love sunny days with their crystal clear blue skies, I find dynamic weather to be exhilarating.  I feel blessed to live in a time where I can watch  weather movement on radar live via the internet.  Rumbling thunder is music to my ears.  I can barely take my eyes off of heavy snowfall.  And the fun part is that my delight is something I can share with my husband and children.  We are a family of weather geeks!

When we moved to our home a little over 12 years ago, the thing we came to enjoy the most was the fact that, because we were in a new subdivision, there were few mature trees around our house, so we could have wide open views to watch the skies.  Vistas of "anvil" clouds like the ones pictured above were suddenly easy to witness as weather around us would change.  In fact, I can even remember relaxing one evening, pointing our chairs facing north out of our living room windows, as we watched God's spectacular light show luminating such lofty cumulonimbus bodies.  There was no doubt the Lord's glory was on full display that night.

And isn't that the way it is with the trials we face in life as well?  Depending upon how we view the inclement or ominous, it can be either foreboding or bring glory to our Maker.  Preoccupied with ourselves, eyes focused downward, we can fail to witness or share the awesomeness of God in life's storms.  It is easy to become overwhelmed by cold, wet, darkness.  Anxiety nips at our heels, because all we want is shelter from the unpreventable that falls on us.  We shudder and complain that our circumstances aren't sunny, warm, and blue, the way we would prefer them to be.  We have plans, and they've been disrupted by the uncontrollable.

Yet, there is another view that brings God far greater glory.  In my weekly women's Bible study group (affectionately known as B.S.L. for Bible Study Ladies), we are currently studying the Book of Psalms.  This week we began pulling apart Psalm 3, which King David wrote while he was enduring the sorrow and fear of being murderously pursued by his own son Absalom, who coveted the throne of Israel.  Despite this unbelievable betrayal and threat, David shows us that the one thing we have control over when life is out-of-control is our response.  He displays for us how to bring God glory by our steady faith in the storm:
  • David cried out to the Lord in the midst of ominous and uncontrollable circumstances.  Only a self-abusive fool would call bad good.  The reckless person refuses to heed the weather warnings that tell us to take shelter (even if we are a weather geek).  David recognized that his circumstances were dire.  But in his crying out to the Lord (v 4), he emphasized that the God of his heart was greater than his greatest troubles.  Whether we are aware of it or not, the contrast we create by crying out to Yahweh in the midst of life's storms gives Him immense glory.
  • David recognized Yahweh as not only his shelter, but the lifter of his head.  In verse 3, David sets the scene for the ultimate outcome simply with the words, "But You, O Lord".  The size of his trials shrink when he compares them to the Almighty.  Is there any trouble that can overcome the shelter of God?  Anything that comes to us, must first come through Him.  And rather than the dread that besets us when our gaze is cast downward, He lifts our chin, focusing our view on His awesomeness.  That glory is breathtaking!  No matter the weather, He is stunningly wondrous!
  • As David's view is fixed upward, he acknowledges God's ability in the midst of the worst life has to hand out.  It is nothing short of a miracle to be able to calmly sleep and awake unharmed when you are being relentlessly hunted down by tens of thousands of soldiers.  David experiences the glory of the Lord in the simplest phenomenon amidst his trials.  As he repeatedly pauses and meditates on that throughout Psalm 3, he gives the glory he experiences right back to Yahweh by again crying out for help and affirming the Lord's character.  Life is unfair, but Yahweh is the ultimate arbiter of justice.  Problems can be huge, but His salvation and blessings dwarf them.
I think that if he were alive today, David would be a weather geek too.  Using his Psalm 3 approach, even the most inclement weather can be glorious.  Likewise, we can experience the awesome glory of Almighty God, even in the greatest sorrows and challenges facing our remarkable children.  When we allow the Lord to lift our head and fix our gaze upward, others see the difference in us, and want to know our Jesus too.  What a privilege to not only experience God's glory ourselves, but also bring Him more glory by how we approach our circumstances!

PRAY:  (For today's prayer, please take a "Selah" moment to meditate on all that the Lord has brought you through while you listen to this relevant song by CASTING CROWNS)

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