An online resource from The Prayer Bench, adapted and used with permission.
Prompt: Unpredictable Weather!
So what’s the weather like today? Make watching the weather your spiritual practice on your ramble today, or watch the weather from the comfort of your home. Look to the clouds for a lesson.
Notice the temperature and be grateful.
Be astonished in the rain.
Be hopeful in a gentle breeze.
Reflection Autumn can be the season of unpredictability with a rainbow of days from golden and blue to dark and grey.
Even in ‘settled weather’ the concept lasts only until the Autumn event you’ve planned is affected by the ‘one-off’ day of unpredictability, disrupting plans, upending the ‘settled’ and shedding disappointment on those hoped for expectations of a golden day. There are no guarantees for predictable weather. Ever. Rain falls. Wind lashes. The sun disappears. Days darken.
For many months now the world has been gripped by an unpredictable force and as COVID has shaped the rhythm of daily life, we’ve faced unpredictability on more fronts than just the weather.
Perhaps instead of yearning for predictability in the weather we can learn to take the weather with us. Unpredictable weather is a seasonal reminder that through the storms and upheavals of life, God is with us. There is always hope for a brighter more settled day.
If you had to describe your day as a weather report, what words would you use? Reflect on this at the end of the day. Were you surrounded by dark looming clouds? Were there bursts of sunshine? Did you feel like you were grappling with the wind? Did you duck in and out of shadows cast by overhead puffy clouds?
At the end of the day, I invite you to reflect on your day long journey with God, and write your day as weather report.
The science of predicting weather is challenging with all the variables involved.
Pray for meteorologists today.
Pray for farmers today so dependent on weather for crops.
Pray for those holding special events and praying for their perfect day.
Peace, Rev. Gail
Each Wednesday we send out an inspirational message.