I come to this realization frequently. A few weeks ago, the realization that my God is Big (huge, enormous & massive might be better adjectives) came from looking at the weather forecast. I am from Minnesota, and in Minnesota, we are very weather centered. Almost all conversations can start and end with the weather. If you don’t know how to start a conversation, you just start talking about the weather and that’ll open the other person right up. So of course, moving to Texas has been an adjustment because for the most part, there is no need to watch the weather morning and night, nor pay attention to the sky and the changing clouds, because our weather is the same day in and day out for months at a time.
Why Minnesotan's watch the weather
In Galveston, during the summer it will be hot, extremely humid, possibly a light breeze, and if you get a lucky one rain cloud drops some rain as it passes over you for 5 minutes in the afternoon. After Labor Day until February, it will be mostly overcast, rainy on a majority of days, still humid and temperatures will decrease slowly from the 90’s down to 50’s. The only thing to pay attention to is hurricanes, which bring more wind, rain and humidity. Spring is quite nice for about 2 weeks because there is less humidity, the sun comes out and there is a nice breeze off the ocean. It doesn’t stay for long, because you’ll wake up to summer, as mentioned before and the cycle starts all over again.
San Antonio had a fall and spring, both similar with cool, mainly crisp mornings that grow into beautiful, warm sunny days (70-90 degrees). There are occasional thunderstorms and some cloudy days. Winter is a short season, much like fall and spring, but with cooler temperatures and a few more clouds. Summer lasts the longest from mid-April until mid-October, with each day starting out at 75-85 degrees and humid, reaching highs of 95-105 with full sunny skies. We are in a drought, but it seems that rain and clouds are very uncommon during all summers.
All of that to say that weather is predictable here. We get excited when a cloud passes over and there is a possibility of rain. So a few weeks ago, when I checked the forecast and it said high of 108 degrees, I was shocked. I had heard it would be hot, and really anything over 98 feels the same to me, REALLY HOT. As I thought about what I would do that day, it is much like what I would do in Minnesota during January, when the forecast is calling for a high of 10 degrees BELOW zero. Movies, baking, reading books and housework all come to mind, because in either case, the weather is way to harsh to enjoy any time outside.
San Antonio Sunset
I’m a rambler, and I know it. So back to my original thought, my God is Big. Just the weather makes me realize that. All on the same day a few weeks ago, the following weather was happening across America: in Texas there were high temperatures of 108-110;iIn the Northeastern United States, they were dealing with the remnants of a hurricane and major flooding and storm surges; in San Diego, it was probably perfectly sunny with a light breeze and 75 degrees. I would guess that some mountain in the Rockies had some snowflakes fall from the sky. These are all the different weather types that were happening simultaneously. Its very impressive, and yet, I think it should be expected from God. We should expect he could make all of these variations easily, but at the same time, maybe He does it to remind us of His nature and His authority and His power.
I am humbled thinking of my God. I am just some tiny part of the universe, here for a moment and then swept away, and God chooses to have my as part of his family, to bless me and allow me to represent Him. It is so easy to take life for granted, but in this moment, I am in awe of God and motivated to press on for Him, and His cause to bring glory to His Kingdom.
How is God revealing himself to you? What are your reactions? What actions is He calling you to today?