Yesterday morning at 7:35 the temperature at Rockwall Municipal Airport was 36 degrees. We call that cold here in Texas, and it is. It does not matter where you are from everyone wants a coat if they are going to be outside when it is 36°. 36° is especially cold when our bodies have experienced very few mornings below 75 degrees and 85% humidity over the last four months. We love the Fall and look forward to the break from triple digit temperatures. We just get a little nervous when we hear about temperatures in the thirties. We rarely see ice anywhere other than our sweet tea, but we know what happens to water at 32°. That’s right, a big ole mess. Although Fall began on September 23rd then two days later we hit 97°, I now feel safe to say the weather has caught up with the calendar.
I love that God designed seasons. I know seasons are the result of how a particular part of the earth is in line with the sun, and how the tilt of the globe and rotation on its axis, all while revolving around the sun brings different weather to a certain area. I get it, but I also believe God was thinking about us in that design. While He was creating the universe and our creation was days away, He already knew our short attention span. Is it possible God uses seasons to keep us alert to coming changes? Could the weather change be a little nudge from our Creator to start preparing for a new season?
The more we prepare for change the less change will affect us. Preparation always makes things better. I realize we cannot prepare for everything. Some changes show up unannounced, and what do we say, “I wish I knew that was coming.” We always want to be prepared, but sometimes we don’t or do not have the opportunity. Then there are times when we do prepare and our preparation does nothing to help with the change. Even in those rare instances, I still say the preparation helped. It helped bring peace before the change. Being prepared is a major theme in the Bible. Jesus even used the weather to point out the first step of preparing. He says, “Hypocrites! You can discern the face of the sky and of the earth, but how is it you do not discern this time?” The first step in preparation is seeing that change is coming. They had been given the signs and prophecies of His coming but they ignored the change His arrival ushered in.
Ignoring change does not stop it. I know fall is here and will be followed by winter. God has taught me that year after year, and I will prepare accordingly. God has also given us everything necessary to understand what Jesus brought on His first visit. He has also promised that Jesus is coming again, bringing another change. The signs are lining up, the days are running out, are you prepared?