Greetings fellow travelers. As I write this, there is a “Winter Weather Watch” in place. It appears we MAY get some snow followed by cold weather. Wow, who would have thought that would happen in January? We will see, but that has been a major news story all week. It started with prognostications that were dire! The forecast was for freezing rain followed by massive amounts of snow, followed by subzero temperatures. That was then, but as we get to that period of time, the reality is significantly different.
What happened? Did the prognosticators deliberately miss lead us? Are the forecaster’s models inadequate? The answer is simple; change happens. I don’t think anyone intentionally misled anyone and the forecasting models are dramatically better than ever before, but – change happens.
In my opinion, weather forecasting vs. weather reality is a pretty good analogy for how most of us move through life. There is even a great saying about it, it goes like this, “Don’t tell me worrying doesn’t help, the things I worry about don’t happen.”
Just as the meteorologists do, we gather highly variable bits of information and come to a decision about what it means, when in fact the important part was, “Variable!” Sure that winter storm could have been as bad as the worst predictions, but it was just as possible it wouldn’t and in fact it isn’t.
So what should we do with bad weather predictions, and for that matter, bad society predictions and bad financial predictions and bad blah blah blah......? Let’s start with Matthew 6:34 which says, “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (NIV).
If we spend all our energy worrying about what MIGHT happen we won’t have the energy to deal with what actually DOES happen, and that includes the great stuff. I knew a lady that got so worked up about having everything perfect on family holidays that she missed almost every one of them because she made herself sick. She couldn’t see that she was worrying about things that either didn’t matter or weren’t going to happen and then missed the holiday because she was exhausted. Energy, like time and money, is a limited resource and worrying takes a lot of energy. Are you sure that’s how you want to spend it?
Don’t worry, I’m done.