Kristi (my wife) and I were visiting her brother and his wife in their quaint little town called Old Saybrook in the state of Connecticut. It is a beautiful town with a fascinating history, incredible homes, and was even the residence of the late actress, Katharine Hepburn. As we were heading out on this trip, a few people asked why we would leave the pleasant, warm climate of Southern California for the crazy-cold and harsh winter climate of a northern East coast city? Now Krieg and Sandy (Kristi’s brother and sister-in-law) moved there from San Diego County, and for them the weather was quite an adjustment, yet they are now really enjoying each change in the weather. I asked Sandy, as we were on a hike with frozen ponds, biting cold winds, and below freezing weather, what it was that helped them acclimate to such a drastic weather change. As she went on, talking about the positives of each climate change, (Sandy is such a positive and affirming person) she shared that someone once told to her in regards to the changing weather conditions that ‘there is no bad weather, just bad clothing’. I not only agreed, having lived in cold places such as Alaska, but saw a great life application in the statement, especially as we look forward to this New Year.
Life has with it rain storms of health issues and yet rays of sunshine of no aches or pains, strong winds of relational conflicts and yet calm waters of close friends, frosty snow flurries of unexpected accidents and yet warm Santa Ana winds of new accomplishments; and then there are those freezing temperatures with even colder wind-chill factors of financial failures and those baking heat waves with the scorching noon-time sun of a car or house repairs. The truth is, life has with it lots of circumstances. In an interesting book in the Bible written by one of wisest men of all time, Solomon, as he considered the changing weather of life, said this…
Ecclesiastes 7:14 In the day of prosperity be joyful, and in the day of adversity consider: God has made the one as well as the other, so that man may not find out anything that will be after him.
In other words, we may have no idea what the weather will be like, yet the clothing we should be covered with is to consider God. God who knows all and sees all can help us through whatever weather of life we encounter.
Psalm 46:1-3 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. 2 Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, 3 though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling.
The reality is we don’t know what weather will hit us, and we can’t go through life thinking it will be all warm breezes and calm waters, so it makes sense to consider The Lord through knowing Him more and trusting in Him for help and guidance. Jesus said…
Matthew 11:28-30 28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
King David, whose life was a constant changing climate of severe storms and pleasant oasis, said this about God…
Psalm 138:3 On the day I called, you answered me; my strength of soul you increased.
This New Year will be a year full of seasons. One season is not necessarily bad over another, it just is. However, if we choose to be clothed with the wisdom that comes from knowing God and living life His way, we will be appropriately dressed for all occasions, all climates of life. This insight is something worth considering. Who are you trusting as you dress for the varying climates of life? I know it helped me and my wife to trust our hosts, Kreig and Sandy, to dress appropriately for the cold Connecticut winter.
One of the great places to learn of who God is and how He wants us to live is at church. If you are looking for a church, I would like to invite you to ours. Our website has information about our various campuses. We would love to journey together with you through all the climates of life. Here is our website, www.cypresschurch.net .
Seeking to wear the appropriate clothing through life with you,