Some headlines are more provocative than others. Some days are better than others. And the weather, well, it quite possibly could be a mater of perspective.
What did you notice about yesterday's weather? Do you expect your conversation to be similar today? Is it B.S. or F.?
I, personally, have been enjoying the BLUE SKY. It may summon the FRIGID temperatures, but the sunlight is gorgeous. And, my oh my, how good it feels to be wearing sunglasses again. You may disagree with me on my assessment, but there is a truth hidden in the cloudless sky.
FRIGID temperatures we experience through feelings, sometimes leaving us so cold we never get around to seeing the sky. The BLUE SKY is noted as one looks up. And I find that the more I look up, the less the FRIGID air bothers me.
The psalmist David seems to share this perspective. He pens, "Lift up your heads, you gates! And be lifted up, O ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord, strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle!" (Psalm 24.7-8)
Do you see the progression? "Lift up your heads" pairs, for me, with "I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth." (Psalm 121.1-2) Proper perspective on life begins with the action of turning to the source of all wisdom and truth, as opposed to relying upon our (FRIGID) feelings.
What happens when we turn to him? "And be lifted up, that the King of glory may come in." The promise is clear. "You shall go out in joy (even into the FRIGID air) and be led forth in peace." (Isaiah 55.12)
The promise then remains true through all types of weather, and all forms of havoc, for this King of glory is none other than "the Lord, strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle." He is "our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble." (Psalm 46.1) He may not work according to our time schedule, but "they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles (BLUE SKY); they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint." (Isaiah 40.31)
Now, I know that this is a very difficult time for many friends of mine ... for many of you, and your friends, too. Many are missing loved ones ... others are facing hospice, hospitals or home-care. Many in our communities are homeless, or hungry ... or hopeless. This is a FRIGID world in which we live, but, even on the cloudiest of days, there is BLUE SKY to be found, just "Lift up your heads, you gates! And be lifted up, O ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord, strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle!" (Psalm 24.7-8)
In other words, God's Spirit would have us choose to focus upon the B.S. instead of the F no matter what the weather may be.