Christina and I went for a walk in the snow. It’s May 26th; we are in Los Angeles County; it was over 100 degrees last week. And there is snow only 20 minutes drive and a mile-walk up Ice House Canyon in the San Gabriels.
The beautiful spring flowers have blossomed everywhere. Tall yucca flower spikes adorn the mountain sides and canyons. Running creek water offers the proper woodland ambience, in concert with the vigorous mating of birds in full song. And all this with the adornment of a fresh carpet of snow, heavy, wet, melting and white. You’d think that the flowers were out of place–stuck there out of season. But, no, nature is playing the weather backwards these past 7 days.
Sometimes backwards weather occurs in our spiritual lives. We think the order of events ought to be 1, 2, 3, and then followed by 4. But 4 first? and then a 1? Even in the Bible, in God’s plan this happens now and again. You know the story of the conversion of Cornelius the pious pagan? Here is his spiritual history: first, deep prayer; second, apostolic visit; third, divine illumination; fourth, holy baptism; and fifth, apostolic laying-on-of-hands. Usually we expect this order: 2, 4, 5, 3, 1. Hey, what gives?
We are always trying to contextualize God. We read our Bible, our theology books, and think we get the picture. And God is free. He does “whatsoever He hath pleased” (Psalm 115). This is the One Who offers to enlighten our path in life, to BE our life. If we are in Him, then, what gives?
The Life-Giver, He is what gives!