This winter has been one for the ages. It seems like as soon as we get dug out from one storm then we get hit with another. This past Groundhog’s Day many were ready to send Punxsutawney Phil to an early grave after the infamous groundhog saw his shadow predicting six more weeks of winter. I loved the picture posted later in the day of the groundhog holding a sign with the message, “I’m a rodent not a meteorologist.” While many were complaining about Phil’s gloomy prediction of six more weeks of winter I appreciated my friend’s perspective in saying, “Only six more weeks until spring.”
Winter storm Maximus has just passed, storm Nika is making it’s way across the plains and storm O is taking shape in the Pacific there appears there is no hope this winter is going to end anytime soon. Like my friend, I look at the calendar and see there is only six mores until spring with warming temperatures, green grass and blooming flowers. Knowing spring is just around the corner will make it a little easier to endure these next few storms.
Life at times can be much like this winter where it seems to go from one storm to the next. Some folks seem to live in the tornado alley of life. They endure one storm and start to get their life together and all of a sudden the warning sirens are going off again.
As the calendar reminds us that spring is just around the corner the Bible reminds us, these life storms are going to pass as we have the HOPE of eternal glory. The hope we have is being in heaven with God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ.
God’s Word teaches us this hope is an anchor for the soul, firm and secure (Hebrews 6:19). This hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us (Romans 5:5). For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. (2 Corinthians 4:17)