Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Warfare Wednesday

"For He says to the snow, ‘Fall on the earth’;Likewise to the gentle rain and the heavy rain of His strength."  Job 37:6

As I wake up this morning and look out the window, I see 9 freshly fallen inches of very wet and heavy snow.  On the 20th of April. It's absolutely insane, and yet as I look around, this is easily one of the prettiest snowfalls I've ever seen.  Because it's so wet and heavy, it's literally sticking to everything.  Everything.

I thought about what I should blog about this morning for Warfare Wednesday.  There are so many issues going on around the globe that any one of them could take my attention that way.  Our congress is battling over our national debt and spending, and in my home state, organizations of people are working hard to recall some of our elected officials.  I am grateful this morning for the safety of Michelle Obama, who had a little scare Monday with the plane she was flying on.  Thank God for her continued safety and protection.  Of course, I always use my Wednesday mornings to focus some of my prayers on President Obama.  He needs them more than ever, as eyes and ears are starting to focus on the elections two years away.  May our President stay focused on what is important- his presidency is not over, and I pray that he is able to finish out this presidency with wisdom and Godly understanding.

But I keep coming back to the snow outside and the crazy weather that has been running around our country for the last several months actually.  One week ago we had tornadoes barrel through our area.  The week before that we had a blizzard, and here we sit with the dumpings of yet another serious snowstorm.  What on earth is God trying to say to us?  And that is my prayer focus this morning.  As the weather around the country has been unlike anything it has ever been, I pray this morning that God would open our eyes and ears to see and hear exactly what He is saying to our country.  He's got much to say, and too many people are quick to place blame for the weather on things like global warming and jet stream patterns.  Yes, that's how our weather works, but what is this snow saying?  Right there, in Job, it says that the snow falls when God tells it to fall...

You know, last week during the severe weather that produced 8 tornadoes in our immediate area, we also had some major, major lightning.  It was non-stop for hours, and the meteorologists on TV were saying that they'd never seen anything like it.  Something the kids and I have learned about lightning, is that it actually cleanses the air where it cracks.  The heat and the electricity purify the air, so to think about that going non-stop for several hours, just think about how clean and refreshed the air must have been by the time the storm was over!  And then this week, we have a stunning blanket of fresh, new snow, snow that God sent down to cover us. 

“ Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the LORD, “ Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They shall be as wool."  Isaiah 1:18

First, our atmosphere was purified by lightning, and now it is covered with white snow- could it be the snow of forgiveness?  The snow of righteousness?

God is saying something with the weather.  May He open the eyes and ears of the people to see and hear what it is He is saying!  All around the globe, weather events are happening like they've never happened before, and I just pray that the people will see and know that God is talking to them, and that they will understand what it is He is saying.

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