Saturday, July 17, 2010

Changeable as the weather.

It seems like July has been a month of extremes for me. Some really good highs, some really crashing lows, and sometimes not much "hang time" in between them. I'm trying to concentrate on the middle-to-high ground, rather than complain and moan. I keep telling the kids to try to CHANGE things that bother them, rather than just COMPLAIN about them, so I'm trying to take my own advice.

The skies have been wonderfully changeable in my part of Upstate NY lately. I love watching the weather, and it's been a real treat for the past week. Glorious blood-orange sunsets, new moon setting under Venus, massive thunderheads coasting by, rain in every combination from spritz to driving downpour, clear skies, cartoon-cloudy skies, god-rays through the overcast skies, humidity so intense I could almost drink the air. . . .

Unfortunately, everyone I know seems to be going through a spate of changeable fortune and emotions. I'm hoping we'll return to a state of comparative peace and equilibrium soon, but I know that in this world that's a very temporary state of being. I'm reminded of what Jesus said in John 14:27: "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid." I hope for His peace, now and forever.

(The pictures in this posting were taken less than half an hour ago. An intense storm went just south of us, and we could see cloud-to-cloud lightning. Just to the southwest of it we could see the moon setting, and just to the west we could see the glorious sunset. It was amazing!)