The past few days here in Nebraska we have had beautiful spring weather. Sunshine and warm breezes in abundance, birds singing in the trees, buds breaking through after a harsh winter, grass turning a vibrant green. Today, more than half of our state is under a blizzard warning, the other portion is under a severe weather watch due to strong storm systems and winds gusting up to 60 mph.
Our dogs can sense something is happening and came to us for reassurance this morning. Neighbor Hank’s cats even sought shelter in our yard, knowing they would be at Jack and Sam’s mercy. Trees are swaying and bending under the wind’s power and the sun has hidden itself behind the clouds, like a person hides their face during a scary movie.
It has been pretty drastic here. Farmers in the eastern part of Nebraska still face roads broken and torn away from the March flooding, loss of livestock, and multiple tons of ice left melting in their fields and pastures from the rivers that overflowed their banks. It would appear that Nebraska is not getting a break.
Or is it?
Our state is not the center of news coverage, the center of controversy, or the center scandal due to the weather events of the last month. Yes, some stories have trickled out to the media about how the farmers and ranchers are handing things as they rebuild. But one of the things that I love about Nebraskans is that they just put their head down and keep moving forward. No wallowing, just an acknowledgment of the brokenness and then it is time to get to work.
As believers, we can adopt the mentality of my adopted home state in the face of loss and disappointment. Maybe should adopt. Second Corinthians 4:7-9 says, But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard-pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.
Yes, things are hard. Of course they are hard. We are on the wrong side of Heaven for life to be full of sunshine and rainbows every moment. We will have days of clouds and days of sunshine as we go forward in this life.
In this world you will have trouble, but take heart! I have overcome the world (John 16:33).
Best Beloved, how are you choosing to respond to the broken places, the hard places in life? Do we sit and cry that our desired outcome has been prevented? Do we allow ourselves to remember that we are not there yet?