Pity the poor weatherman. Even with the most modern meteorological instruments and years of experience, weather prediction is an inexact science at best. And because the weather affects so much of our plans, we depend on those predictions. So, when things don’t go according to plan (when the weatherman is wrong), we’re tempted to blame him (or her). It’s nobody’s “fault,” but we feel like we need to blame SOMEBODY. We can get a little “testy.” Even when he’s right, we can’t blame him for the weather – he can’t control it any more than we can.
The same can be true for life situations. When things don’t go according to plan, according to OUR plans, we can get “testy.”
It’s those very unplanned situations that the Lord uses to test and shape our character. That is part of the reason for the season of Lent – preparation for the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection, but also a time to recognize God’s hand at work in the things we didn’t expect and can’t control.
It’s true – God loves us the way we are. And he loves us too much to leave us the way we are. That’s why he sent his Son, to die and rise so we can be right with God, so we can have the kind of relationship with the Father that enables us to get through all that may happen. Let’s spend time in Lent with the Lord to ask, “What are you teaching me through this?”