2019-02-06 / Faith

Weathering

Lessons from the Heart
By Pastor Michael Rogers

Life is like the weather in Indiana. One day, it can be forty degrees and sunny; the next, we are all running to the nearest store for bread and milk. Some of us are trained to watch the trends and the signs and warn others when something is coming. We listen and sometimes they are wrong. We listen and think they are wrong and they prove right. We stop listening and find out major changes can happen hourly, not just daily. Despite our best efforts, we are still surprised by downpours, straight winds, and plummeting temperatures.

Yes, life is like that. There is no way to know what is happening in six hours, let alone six months. We fool ourselves sometimes, planning and promising and preparing and telling ourselves we will never be caught off guard again. Then it happens.

We find ourselves in an unhealthy relationship and the rain will not stop. We walk into a room and suddenly the people are ice cold; we do not even know what we did. The winds of gossip and outrage blow against us and we run for cover, wondering what happened. Or worse, we have an addiction we hope no one sees. We do something we will regret if someone finds out. We run out of excuses for the way we treat someone. We are confronted with something we cannot deny.

How is the weather in your life? Most likely you have experienced this tempest. Maybe you are in it. Maybe you are headed for it. Maybe your weather sense is so bad you do not know what it is doing.

Do not worry. There is an umbrella for your rainy days, warm shelter from your cold days, and protection from your more blustery days. Someone wants to stand with you, give you peace and help get you dry to find your balance and withstand your storm.

“Rejoice in the Lord always; again, I will say rejoice! Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:4-7.

Michael Rogers is the pastor at the Faith Church of Christ in Burlington.

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