Long ago, many of our ancestors saw changes in the weather as an occasion to offer sacrifice to the weather gods.
Today we understand the winds of changing conditions as a result of differences in barometric pressure. The isobars on a weather map not only connect points of equal atmospheric pressure but, by their distance from one another, enable us to understand something about the blizzard conditions that have slammed our East Coast.
But where we see lines and patterns of scientifically measurable data, Jesus and the Bible see something mysterious (John 3:8). The second verse of Genesis refers to the Spirit of God with a word that could mean spirit, wind, breath, or mind.
Who is seeing more clearly? Those who see mystery in the wind, or those who see isobars?
Am reminded of how Solomon saw the wind in his essay on meaninglessness. In his spiritual wandering he saw nothing more than time and life-consuming repetition in the seasons and cycles of nature (Ecclesiastes 1:1-10).
As we come to the end of another year, this might be a Solomonic chance to think not only about the weather in our regions today but whether we see in the changing conditions in and around us anything more than disruptive measurable data.
Just looked outside for the first time this a.m. Still not much snow here in Grand Rapids, MI. We’ve missed the big storms so far. Checked temp and we are at 24 degrees but with a forecast of getting up close to 50 by the weekend.