By Debra Whittington: QCS Religion Columnist
These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. John 16:33 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:19 The calendar stated it was the first day of spring; however the weather disputed that fact. If I hadn’t seen it written on the calendar and then heard reference to it on the news, I would claim that it was indeed still winter. It was a cold and dreary morning we woke up to and I wondered how the day would progress for our planned outing to Amarillo.
Would we run into snow or would the clouds leave and let Spring make its appearance? As we made our way out of town, there were tiny flakes splattering onto the windshield. When it stopped, I thought the worst of the weather was over. It was just beginning as it started snowing heavily while we were in Amarillo. This time it wasn’t tiny flakes, but huge flakes that came down so fast that soon the entire ground was covered.
We decided to start for home, hoping that we would be able to reach Tucumcari and wouldn’t be stranded on the road somewhere. We decided to call a friend in Tucumcari and found out that the sun was shining at home. As we made our way through the snow, we speculated to how long it would be before we ran out of the storm. To our delight, we were out of the snow in less than twenty miles.
While spring is supposed to be a time when flowers start to bloom and trees blossom out, a date on the calendar isn’t a guarantee that it will happen. Having lived all my life in New Mexico, I have witnessed some of the worst snowstorms long after winter had officially ended. It even snowed the night I graduated from high school.
All of life is like that with our plans as uncertain as the weather. I found out from experience that just because something is planned, it doesn’t always make it so. Life is fragile, fleeting, and very uncertain as it changes on a daily basis. One day may be like Spring, full of hope, joy, and promise of a bright future. The next day we might be met with a gloomy, winter-like atmosphere as we face challenges in our life.
Unlike our weather reports (which by the way aren’t always accurate), we don’t have a life forecast that tells us what will happen in our daily lives. Sometimes I think this is a good thing because if I knew what would happen on a given day I might not even venture out of bed in the morning. Instead, we have a promise from God that he will supply our every need for each day. It doesn’t mean that we will always have Spring in our life, but that we will have the Lord to help us through anything that comes our way.
I have a great admiration for the Apostle Paul and the confidence he had in proclaiming that God will meet our every need. Here was a man who wrote this from a prison cell and yet he had a “peace of God, which passeth all understanding”… (Philippians 4:7) If anyone had cause to complain about his or her situation, Paul would be that man.
Instead, he chose to rejoice in the Lord, “Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice. (Philippians 4:4) The life of Paul was anything except easy and carefree. In his lifetime he was not only imprisoned, but beaten, stoned, and persecuted in many ways. Much of what happened to Paul can be read in 2 Corinthians 11 and 12. Paul never gave up and continued to “press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:14)
Just as we ran out of the snow and into the sunshine on that first day of Spring, I know that we will come through the tribulations that face us in this world.
It may seem at times that we are in the middle of an endless winter, but we know there will come a time when no matter what our circumstances here on earth, all of that will pass. Paul stated in Titus 2:2 that he was, “Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ.”
I too, am looking toward that very same thing.