"Whatever the Weather"... That was the name of the TV broadcast that reported the local weather each day when I was a kid in Wisconsin. It predicted our chances of snow, rain, severe thunderstorms, and tornados. No, we didn't have earthquakes or hurricanes ... or for that matter tsunamis. "Whatever the Weather"... a catchy title, don't you think? But it sounds like a phrase that begs to be followed by more information.
"Whatever the Weather--we've got the details."
"Whatever the Weather--just turn that TV knob and we'll be here for you." And yes, back then we actually did get up off the couch to go turn the knob of that chubby little tube-filled TV set, and without the help of remote control.
We now have the power to click on a twenty-four hour weather channel from our couch.
But we still can't click in sunshine and click away clouds.
"Whatever the Weather"--good or bad--we are stuck with it. And the best we can do is to prepare for the worst and hope for the best. So thank God there are other channels we can tune into for comfort and hope on those dark cloudy days and when life brings thundering challenges our way.
A famous Biblical author once wrote: "For I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances." He had learned this philosophy of life by tuning into the channel where joy and satisfaction can be found beyond the weathering of worldly conditions. His name was Paul, the Apostle, and he wrote those words from a Roman jail cell.
So next time you are stressing over unfavorable conditions in nature or in life itself ... just take a moment, whatever the weather, to tune into your spiritual channel.