I am guessing that many of you are hearing the same kinds of reports from your friends and family that I am, reports like:
- I have my electric blanket warming up my bed! I’m hoping the power holds at least until my bed is warm.
- My sister-in-law’s power is still out. She guesses it is in the 40s in their house.
- My husband’s plant might be closed all week.
Those are paraphrases of real messages and conversations I had yesterday. Like so much of the country, Tennessee is in the throes of a real cold snap with beautiful ice and snow.
Last night I decided to see what the Bible says about cold. The first time the Bible uses the word cold is in Genesis 8. Cold was one of God’s promises to Noah after the Great Flood.
While the earth remains,
Seedtime and harvest,
Cold and heat,
Summer and winter,
And day and night
Shall not cease.
After seedtime comes harvest—and then seedtime again. After cold comes heat—and then cold again. After summer comes winter—and then summer again. After daytime comes night—and then daytime again. God is in charge. He is taking care of the world. He is providing what we need.
I am sorry if you are suffering from the weather today. I am praying for God’s protection for you and your family.
The Lord is my strength and my shield;
My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped;
Therefore my heart triumphs,
And with my song I shall thank Him.