Fair Weather – Matthew 16:1-3

Matthew 16:1-3 -The Pharisees and Sadducees came to Jesus and tested him by asking him to show them a sign from heaven. He replied, “When evening comes, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red,’ and in the morning, ‘Today it will be stormy, for the sky is red and overcast.’ You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times.”

This year has been cold and bitter. On Wednesday, I was so cold that all I wanted to do was wrap up and stay inside. I have friends who keep teasing me that I am the reason the winter has been so harsh. “We never had weather like this before you got here,” they tease.

But yesterday the winter weather actually got tolerable. I went outside in a sweatshirt and actually thought it wasn’t too bad. I came back in, changed my clothes and went for a run. At first I was just going to go to the end of the road at the top of the hill. But it was so nice that I kept going. The beauty of the mountains was incredible. The smell of the air was clean and crisp. I ended up running a couple of miles before coming home. I can’t wait until spring to go running further.

I may not know how to predict the weather but I do watch closely to the news and weather on the internet or tv. I love it when the weather man (or woman) is right. Most of the time they are close. Every once in a while they miss it by a mile.

Most of us love fair weather. We feel more energetic and enthusiastic when the weather is nice. But we also know that the weather can change and so we have to be prepared for when it isn’t so good. If we just soak in the sun we won’t be ready when the rain, snow, and ice comes with the blowing wind.

I was talking to someone the other day who told me that we need to be prepared for harder times. He told me that he believes the bottom will drop out soon and our nation is not prepared. I could have scoffed or just listened politely. But there were a few things that he said that got my attention. So now my thoughts are about preparing for bad economic weather ahead.

My weight loss journey is going fine right now. The scales are going the right way. I’m trying to eat right and exercise. But I also need to be mentally prepared for when the unexpected happens. Like when we visit Aunt Sofie and she pulls out her famous 14 layer chocolate cake and wants us to have some… and take some home with you. How do you pass this temptation and not insult Aunt Sofie?

Jesus talks about interpreting the signs of the time. Everything may seem okay now but things will change in the blink of an eye. “For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage one another with these words,” 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18.

The message is not that we should be anxious or worried. The message is the same that it has been through out Jesus’ ministry. Be ready for you do not know at what time the Son of Man will return.

Dear Heavenly Father, Thank you for the fair weather that we have had these past few days. I have really enjoyed getting out and going for a run and just enjoying the warmth. Lord, I ask you to remind me and encourage me with these words. Help me to be ready and to help others be ready for when your son returns to bring us to our eternal home with you. I pray this in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

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