One interesting thing about living in Colorado is that the weather changes frequently. Thursday afternoon? Blowing snow and freezing temperatures. Friday morning? Sunshine in deep blue skies.

As some around here say, if you don’t like the weather, just wait fifteen minutes and it will change.

This month we’ve been taking a closer look at the second day of creation, when God made an expanse called sky. Within our atmosphere, the air is always moving because of uneven heating. Areas near the equator are closer to the sun while the poles get less sunlight. Generally speaking, hot air rises, creating areas of low pressure since there’s not as much air pushing down on the earth. Colder air moves to fill in the gaps with areas of relatively higher pressure.

The movement of air (wind) redistributes and circulates heat around the planet. And when you consider the presence of water vapor in the air, the changing pressures and temperatures fuel the formation of clouds and precipitation integral to the water cycle. Varying combinations of wind, clouds, precipitation, and geography lead to rain showers, thunderstorms, hail, blizzards, tornadoes, and hurricanes.

So what can we learn from the weather?

Life is in constant motion and never stale or stagnant. Endless combinations of personalities, dreams, circumstances, and cultures create a climate as powerful and beyond our control as the weather. We can try to predict outcomes, but reality is often a surprise. The same can be said of God. He’s not a silent, impartial observer but is always on the move. God is constantly doing things, often behind the scenes and with surprising results.

A second lesson I discovered is the equalization principle. Heat gets transferred from areas with a lot to areas without. Electrical charges in the atmosphere transfer to the earth through lightning strikes. Even within our bodies, molecules transfer through cell walls to balance solutions. And in life, those who have should give to those who don’t. Just like the sun continues to heat the equator, God continues to shower blessings on His creation with the expectation that they pass it on to those in need. “And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.” (Hebrews 13:16 NIV)

The natural flow of heat that drives our weather shows the heart of God for His creation.

“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities — his eternal power and divine nature — have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.” (Romans 1:20 NIV)

What about you? Do you appreciate life in motion or prefer things to remain the same? If you have been blessed, are you being a blessing to others?

Creation Declares – Weather
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