You know you live in New England when its a freakish snow and ice storm on Tuesday, close to 60 and sunny on Wednesday, and 23 and a Northeaster dropping a foot of snow today. That’s life in New England. It takes commitment to live here… or resignation. Commitment if you are going to be happy.
Life, I have been learning, is very much like New England weather: as in it is rather unpredictable. That doesn’t change when you become a Christian. Heck, in some ways life becomes even more unpredictable!
I have been learning that while God doesn’t change, He is unpredictable… or maybe it is more theologically pc to say He appears to be unpredictable. He wasn’t kidding when he said to Isaiah,
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts (Isaiah 55:8-9, NIV).
He doesn’t seem to go about bringing about the blessings He promises the way we think. Growing our faith comes through adversity. Growing our love comes from experiences that tests its limits. Growing trust in God comes from being in seemingly impossible situations where you have no way out but God. Sure, sometimes it is very clear what God is doing and where He is taking you. Other times, it is just as impossible to see as it is for me to see the other side of the street right now because of the blowing snow. Sometimes His presence is as clear and warm as a summer day, other times He is quiet and things seem as cold and dark as a long winter’s night. And like New England weather, these times can come and go quickly, rapidly, and certainly unexpectedly.
If that is your experience, you’re not nuts, or crazy, or unique. You are living the normal Christian life.