I’ve often thought about the weather as I fly above it in a climate-controlled jetliner. The sun always shines at 30,000 feet. (Provided it’s not a night-flight…) Generally things are pretty calm, stable and predictable. It’s only when you get outside on the ground that you’re really affected by the weather. Hmmm….I bet there’s a sermon illustration in there somewhere. :-)
I recently returned from a week-long vacation on the USA’s East Coast. (My absence is why this blog has been so slow recently, but I’m about to fix that!) It struck me how significant the weather’s impact is on us. Myrtle Beach is a typical ‘snowbird’ destination for eastern Canadians, but to be honest, the temperatures there weren’t much different than seasonal expectations than here in the Lower Mainland. That is to say unpredictable, and often chilly. And yet there were several Canadians down on the beach, building sandcastles, playing sports, and even swimming in the ocean! The water temp was easily lower than our cold water tap at home…maybe people were confused by the Fahrenheit/Celsius conversion? Well, uh, not me! :-)
There are two stories that arrived in my inbox while I was gone that related to weather.
John and Naomi are missionary associates closely connected to Christian education in Panama. Their e-mail made it clear that it is hard not to gloat about their weather. It has been consistently hot, with very little rain, and there’s a cool enough breeze reaching their apartment to keep it comfortable. That’s a nice break for them, because I’ve heard often enough how mercilessly hot and humid Panama is. During the summer, you never dry. Even right out of the shower, you always sweat.
On the other hand, Norm and Michelle in Hungary, have been facing cold temperatures, and their house’s heating system isn’t working properly — they have to pick between heating the house, or the hot-water tank. And even if it was working properly, their gas prices prices have spiked to prohibitive levels. So in their words they “continue to layer”.
I’m grateful for all of our missionaries serving diligently and faithfully in whatever weather they’re facing. John and Naomi are working with school administration and teachers to improve their capacity and ability. Norm and Michelle liaise with a number of missionaries, and will be hosting a big conference in Hungary in August. As well, Michelle is fostering ministry among deaf people in Hungary which will participate in an upcoming drama club to sign a song. It’s humbling and uplifting to be working shoulder-to-shoulder with so many of such strong faith. Please remember to pray for their strength and stamina no matter what season they find themselves in.