It was recently forecasted that frigid temperatures would move out, and a warming trend would move in. I thought about how this could be an example of life’s forecast. Meteorologically, warmth indicates sunshine or a high barometric pressure, and falling pressure means that there will be rain or a storm. Yes, in the midst of the pressures and coldness (hard trials, storms, struggles, issues), there is headline news: A warming trend is moving in.
And as a cold front moves in and passes, gusty winds and precipitation are possible. During cold snaps, temperatures usually drop late at night. Psalmist Fred Hammond contends that God turns things around “late in the midnight hour” – to work things in our favor. Let’s bundle up and clothe ourselves with kindness (Colossians 3:12) and the whole armor of God (Ephesians 6).
So there is good news: Warm temps are on the horizon! Things will get better. Let’s lift our praise into the atmosphere. Psalmist Jason Nelson proclaims, “Our worship and our praise is shifting the atmosphere. Till the heavens are open, this praise is shifting the atmosphere. Every yoke is destroyed. Every chain is broken.”
It has been stated that there will be glory after these trials. And with the warm weather, it will be great to “get outside” – to think outside our usual thinking and to work on our goals and dreams. And new dreams.
The National Weather Service issues advisories for regions whenever there are extreme weather conditions, so be advised today that a warming trend is on the way. And it will impact regions – families.
And for clarity, we enjoy shots of cool air on an autumn day, a beautiful snow, warmth of a fireplace and hot chocolate; but it’s the frost-biting, hypothermia-causing, brittle cold and hard freezes (from which one can find no comfort) that symbolizes life’s hard times and challenges.
Prayer: Lord, we lift our praise with thanksgiving into the atmosphere. Grant us days of warmth filled with hope and progress. Frigid temperatures have confronted us with limitations, pressures and insecurities, but we replace them with achievement, success, strength and the warmth of compassion. And Lord, we are amazed at natural sunlight, which is almost a perfect source of energy (heat and light) to sustain life. We celebrate the warming trend that is moving in.
In Christ’s name and for His sake, amen.
Della Marie Woods Newkirk is an educator and native of Lillington. She can be reached at email@example.com.