“He orders the snow, ‘Blanket the earth!’
and the rain, ‘Soak the whole countryside!’
No one can escape the weather—it’s there.
And no one can escape from God.” Job 37:6,7
When my daughter, Susan, accepted the assistant professor position at SUNY Cortland (State University New York at Cortland), she was excited about the possibility of having a lot of snow. And, her two big dogs love snow, so what a great place to spend the winter. In the last 30 years, snowfall in Cortland has averaged over 115 inches each winter. Yesterday, Cortland made national news with its first 20 inches for the year.
I will be spending several weeks in New Jersey and New York this winter. God will teach me a new tolerance for cold weather. Years ago, snow was a major menace and hazard to the roads on my way to and from work. But this winter I can relax and watch the snow, go for a walk, and maybe even make a snowman. And, I’ll expect a nice warm fire to sit in front of on cold evenings.
We get used to our environment and life–not that we like it. I’m often asked how I get through the hot summers in Arizona (when I don’t escape), and I say, “I’ve yet to run from my car to the house because of the heat, but I did this in Illinois when the wind-chill factor was below zero.”
Lord, teach us tolerance for whatever storms we face in life. Amen.