Sometimes we complain about the weather. When day after day dawns with clouds and rain, we are tempted to say, “Ok: where’s the sun! I want to have a clear, bright day!” Our preference for one kind of weather or another can have us think that we are entitled to have good weather days, and that we ought not to be getting so much bad weather. This can stop us from being immensely grateful that everyday is a gift from God to us.
The writer of today’s psalm doesn’t have a preference for one kind of weather or another. When strong storms come with thunder and lightening, he finds God’s presence as expressions of God’s power.
The secret of having joy in life is to not be stuck in demanding that things go our own way. God is in everything that happens to us.
Scratched on the walls of the Jewish concentration camp at Auschwitz were these words: “I believe in the sun even when it’s not shining. I believe in love even when I don’t feel it. I believe in God even when He is silent.”
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