It’s so incredibly easy to talk about the weather. In any checkout line, at the beginning of a phone call, even in those very awkward (try to avoid eye contact) moments in an elevator. Anybody can talk about the weather. It’s something we all experience, something so real and tangible…we can all literally reach out and touch it.
It is so easy to talk about the weather. And just not so easy to talk about God.
But how can I talk about the weather without talking about God? I suppose it’s the same as enjoying lamp light without talking about Thomas Edison or talking about someone’s new great phone without crediting Alexander Graham Bell. Maybe it’s like flying in a plane and not having a thought about the Wright Brothers.
1 The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
2 Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they reveal knowledge.
3 They have no speech, they use no words;
no sound is heard from them.
4 Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world.
In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun.
5 It is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber,
like a champion rejoicing to run his course.
6 It rises at one end of the heavens
and makes its circuit to the other;
nothing is deprived of its warmth. Psalm 19:1-6
This summer’s extreme heat has called to mind these verses…reminding me to talk all I want about the weather, but to give credit where credit is due.
19 He made the moon to mark the seasons,
and the sun knows when to go down.
20 You bring darkness, it becomes night,
and all the beasts of the forest prowl.
21 The lions roar for their prey
and seek their food from God.
22 The sun rises, and they steal away;
they return and lie down in their dens.
23 Then people go out to their work,
to their labor until evening. Psalm 104:19-23
When you find yourself in a conversation that’s complaining or applauding or just observing the weather, ask God for grace to marvel at HIS work, to talk about what He might be up to, and to wonder together what lessons all His storms and sun and wind can teach us. The weather has no words, but the Psalmist wrote that the winds are His messengers.
8 He covers the sky with clouds;
he supplies the earth with rain
and makes grass grow on the hills.
9 He provides food for the cattle
and for the young ravens when they call.
…15 He sends his command to the earth;
his word runs swiftly.
16 He spreads the snow like wool
and scatters the frost like ashes.
17 He hurls down his hail like pebbles.
Who can withstand his icy blast?
18 He sends his word and melts them;
he stirs up his breezes, and the waters flow. Psalm 147:8-18
Yes, let’s talk about the weather. But may our conversation be more than just shooting the breeze. Let’s give voice to the heavens and listen carefully to the winds…and talk together about the greatness of God.
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