Meanderings of a Minister


Snow Finally!
February 23, 2013, 9:54 pm
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Snowflake

By the time you read this article in the paper we may have had some rather nasty weather.  As of the writing of this article, weather forecasters are predicting as much as 10 inches of snow for the Liberal area on Friday and Saturday.  In preparation for this weather, people have been flocking to grocery stores, schools have been updating their notification procedures for inclimate weather conditions and many organizations are considering cancelling or postponing events.  But one is the number one thing that people are doing?  Complaining.

For weeks, we have prayed for rain for our parched ground and for weeks we have been talking about how dry it is.  Now that God seems to be answering our prayers, we want to complain about how He is doing so.  This is so much like life.  As a matter of fact, it is even Biblical!

Consider the book of Exodus.  The Hebrew people were in slavery in Egypt and were crying out to God for a way out.  We know this because of God’s instructions to Moses in His call at the burning bush, “The Lord said, ‘I have surely seen the affliction of My people who are in Egypt, and have given heed to their cry because of their taskmasters, for I am aware of their sufferings.’” (Exodus 3:7, NASB)

Like us, the people were not happy when Moses showed up to deliver them because God was not acting according to their plans!  “When they [the foremen of the Hebrews] left Pharaoh’s presence, they met Moses and Aaron as they were waiting for them.  They said to them, ‘May the Lord look upon you and judge you, for you have made us odious in Pharaoh’s sight and in the sight of his servants, to put a sword in their hand to kill us.’”  (Exodus 5:20-21, NASB)  They were upset because God was delivering them in such a way as to ensure they would not be enslaved again, but all they could see was that they were not on their way out of town already.

If indeed the snow comes by the time you read this article, why not take the opportunity to praise God for His answer to prayer for moisture with everyone that complains about the weather and you just might find yourself a little more appreciative of God’s work as well.

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