Why did God give us win­ter?

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Liv­ing in Florida my idea of win­ter is any­time the tem­per­a­ture drops be­low 60 de­grees. At that point, I do the shiver-me-tim­bers dance. You don’t want to know!

I have a rare disease called Colda­pho­bia. As far as I know, there is no cure for this ex­cept es­cap­ing to Florida. Even here, cold will man­age to some­times poke its nose into my busi­ness. All I can do at the time is sneeze, hop­ing it will scare the cold away.

Ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a rather cold af­ter­noon this past week, I queried the Gra­cious Mistress of the Par­son­age on this sub­ject.

“Why,” I asked rather philo­soph­i­cally, “did God give us win­ter?”

There are times when I do muse philo­soph­i­cally with a far-off look.

In this mode, I some­times think about that philo­soph­i­cal ques­tion, “How many an­gels can dance on the point of a nee­dle?” I’ve of­ten mused on this ques­tion, but the prob­lem is I do not know how big an­gels are and if they re­ally can dance.

I guess it is in the same cat­e­gory as the ques­tion, “If a tree fell in the mid­dle of a for­est and no­body’s around, does it make a sound?”

I like to think along those lines be­cause there is no cor­rect an­swer to any of them. So, my an­swer is right, which makes me feel good about my­self. If there is any­thing I want to do, it is to feel good about my­self. Af­ter all, no­body else feels good about me so it might as well be me.

With all that in mind, the ques­tion that I posed to my wife de­served an an­swer. “Why did God give us win­ter?”

My wife was busy in the kitchen at the time, but she turned around, put both hands on her hips and said, “So you could go out and buy a new sweater.” Then she went back to her kitchen ac­tiv­ity.

Of course, it did not re­ally an­swer my ques­tion. Why is God in­ter­ested in my sweaters? Why can’t he al­low me to have a cli­mate that elim­i­nates the use of sweaters? I could han­dle that.

Then my wife in­ter­rupted my muse ses­sion and said, “God gave us win­ter so that we would ap­pre­ci­ate sum­mer when it came.” Then she went back to her kitchen work.

As I thought about that, I had to ad­mit that she is right.

That hap­pens all the time. God gives us some­thing that is not very com­fort­able at the time and then when it goes away we ap­pre­ci­ate the quiet time.

Just like the neigh­bors when they are play­ing their mu­sic so loud it is thump­ing in my head, when they turn it off I ap­pre­ci­ate the si­lence. But when all I have is si­lence, I fail to re­ally value it.

Get­ting back to win­ter. Of course, from my per­spec­tive, I can­not see any real value in win­ter. Sure, some peo­ple like snow. The only snow I like is on post­cards. I have had enough of snow in my life that I do not want any more of it.

Some peo­ple en­joy the snow; sled­ding, ski­ing, mak­ing snow an­gels. All of these things I can do with­out, thank you very much.

How­ever, as I was shiv­er­ing this ter­ri­ble win­ter af­ter­noon, I got to think­ing about how won­der­ful sum­mer re­ally is. In the mid­dle of sum­mer, I do not re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate it, as I should. Once it has gone, I sure do miss it.

As I was shiv­er­ing, I was think­ing about all of the pos­i­tive things about sum­mer. And boy, are there many pos­i­tive things about sum­mer.

For me, the most pos­i­tive thing about sum­mer is the fact that I am not deal­ing with cold. I love the heat and it can­not get too hot for me.

As I was think­ing along this line, I re­mem­bered one sum­mer af­ter­noon that was so stink­ing hot that could hardly breathe. My wife was sit­ting across the porch, she hap­pened to sigh very deeply and say, “I’m tired of this hot weather.”

Of course, I love my wife and who wouldn’t, but I can­not iden­tify with be­ing tired of hot weather. How can you be tired of hot weather?

For me, I en­joy hot weather and the hot­ter the bet­ter for me. I do not mind sweat­ing. One of the best things about sum­mer is when I can say, “Honey, I would love to do that or go there but it’s re­ally too hot.” She will smile at me and say, “Yes, I think you’re right. It is too hot.” Enough said. So why did God re­ally cre­ate win­ter? It is in the win­ter when I am shiv­er­ing so much, cough­ing and sneez­ing that I re­ally be­gin to ap­pre­ci­ate the sig­nif­i­cance of sum­mer.

In or­der to get us to ap­pre­ci­ate some­thing God takes it away from us tem­po­rar­ily un­til we come to the point of full ap­pre­ci­a­tion. I be­lieve God knows what he is do­ing. Go­ing through a trial with all kinds of frus­tra­tion and ag­gra­va­tion, I be­gin to ap­pre­ci­ate those quiet times of wait­ing upon God.

I won­der if that’s what Peter had in mind when he wrote, “That the trial of your faith, be­ing much more pre­cious than of gold that per­isheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and hon­our and glory at the ap­pear­ing of Je­sus Christ:” (1 Peter 1:7).

All those tri­als of win­ter lead me to praise God for the glory of sum­mer.

The Rev. James L. Sny­der is pas­tor of the Fam­ily of God Fel­low­ship, 1471 Pine Road, Ocala, FL 34472. He lives with his wife in Sil­ver Springs Shores. Call him at 352-687-4240 or email jamess­ny­der2@att. net. The church web­site is www.whatafel­low­ship.com.

GREENSBORO — Sun­day, Feb. 5, is Wear Your Team Jersey Day at Whole Coun­sel of God min­istries, 302 Church St., Greensboro. Come out and show your team pride while wor­ship­ping the Lord.

Lead­er­ship at 9:30 a.m.; Sun­day school, 10 a.m.; and morn­ing wor­ship at 11:15 a.m. Bishop Marvin L. Jenk­ins Sr. is pas­tor.

Call 410-482-2700 for in­for­ma­tion.

CENTREVILLE — Be­gin­ning Sun­day, Feb. 12, at 6 p.m. the Centreville Com­mu­nity Church of God, 101 Gray Fox Lane in Centreville, will offer a six-week class via DVD study on the “In­tro­duc­tion To The Holy Spirit” taught by John Be­vere.

The DVD les­sons are 30 min­utes each, fol­lowed by ques­tions, dis­cus­sion and prayer. Class will be held in the Fel­low­ship Hall. Ca­sual type meet­ing re­fresh­ments will be pro­vided.

For in­for­ma­tion about John Be­vere, visit www. Mes­sen­ger­in­ter­na­tional. org. For in­for­ma­tion on the class, con­tact Pas­tor Dwayne Dixon at 443-2399218.

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