The weather’s unpredictable these days. Weather reports have become a major part of the news. Should look at weather in another way.
“Just as from the heavens
the rain and snow come down, and do not return there
till they have watered the earth,
making it fertile and fruitful,
giving seed to the one who sows
and bread to the one who eats,
so shall my word be
that goes forth from my mouth;
It shall not return to me void,
but shall do my will,
achieving the end for which I sent it. (Isaiah 55,10)
Isaiah tells us to look at our weather in a deeper way. Does weather tell us how God blesses us? Like rain or snow God’s blessings come, making our lives fruitful. Yes, they will surely come, but how about the times we have to wait, when no rain or snow comes at all? Or when storms and drought come?
God’s blessings are like the weather.
Should we think of God’s blessings through the Sign of the Cross. We say “we bless ourselves” when we make this sign. Sometimes God’s blessing comes through the cross of glory and we receive blessings never imagined through his tender mercy. Like a beautiful day.
Sometimes his blessings takes another form of his cross– disappointment, suffering, failure, sickness, death. There God’s blessings are mostly hidden and hard to see. Like a stormy or brutally hot or cold day?
In Matthew’s gospel these days, Jesus speaks about prayer. Is this blessing also like the weather. Prayer is a gift, but it’s a gift like the rain and snow. It’s one of God’s greatest gifts to us, yet sometimes we find it hard to pray while at other times it wells up within us.
Or, as we see our threatened environment today, is our unpredictable weather a warning that we need to take care of this fragile world of ours?
God’s blessing are like the weather.