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Theology & Meteorology

September 11, 2014

After a warm and sunny Sunday inspired us to go to Kiever’s Lake for a late afternoon picnic, the snow started falling early on Monday morning and covered the ground well by noon, to the point that my young daughters were building a snowman before lunch. Later, I tweeted “The reason Alberta is the buckle of the Bible belt is because we missed the Fall.”

However, upon further reflection, I recalled saying during the previous weekend, “This weather doesn’t feel like Labour Day Weekend but Thanksgiving (Canadian) weekend.” Really bad theology would say it was appropriate to have “the Fall” and “Labour Day” together.

To top it off, Sunday morning (before the Monday snowfall) as our pastor continued a series on Jonah, he pointed out that when we see a sudden/strange whether phenomenon we should ask, “God, are you trying to get my attention because I am saying “no” to something you have asked me to do?” Don’t overanalyze the issue. But don’t be too quick to assume that the weather has nothing to do with the personal situations of your life. Jonah’s disobedience was the reason for the storm that came upon those sailing from Joppa to Tarshish.

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