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Where is La Nina?

January 16, 2012

For months, the prediction for the Northwest winter of 2011-2012 has been for a La Nina affect. For us in Seattle, that means a colder and wetter than normal year. For weeks, folks in Seattle have been scoffing at the predictions. They point to the fact that December 2011 was one of the driest on record. We experienced several days in the 50’s (tropical for us). What do those meteorologists know?

Today, as I look out my window, a light dusting of snow remains from this weekend’s weather. Tiny wispy flakes are gently floating in the air. The temperature is hovering around 30 degrees and the forecast ranges from 2 to 12 inches of snow in the next three days. I have not heard anyone ask, “Where is La Nina?” for about a week.

Does this parallel your faith journey? We read the claims that God is all powerful and everywhere present. Jesus even said, Not a hair will fall from your head without God taking notice. But we look at our life and say, God may not have missed a hair, but he seems to have missed a relationship or a job or my health… What does God care about my life? Where is he in this mess?

You can’t judge a Seattle winter by the month of December. Winter is not done yet. You can’t make the final evaluation on your circumstances until they have run their course. You can’t judge a life before it is over. We are just as likely to be overly optimistic as we are overly pessimistic. The Bible is a book that reminds us over and over that God is at work, unseen by the human eye, but not unconcerned about the human condition. He is not bound by our clocks and calendars, or by our expectations. We see his hand most clearly in retrospect, but his record assures us we can trust him for the future.

 Where is La Nina? She is still in God’s hands…right next to you and me.

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