“Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later. For all creation is waiting eagerly for that future day when God will reveal who his children really are. Against its will, all creation was subjected to God’s curse. But with eager hope, the creation looks forward to the day when it will join God’s children in glorious freedom from death and decay. For we know that all creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. And we believers also groan, even though we have the Holy Spirit within us as a foretaste of future glory, for we long for our bodies to be released from sin and suffering. We, too, wait with eager hope for the day when God will give us our full rights as his adopted children, including the new bodies he has promised us.” – Romans 8:18-23 (NLT)
We’ve been blessed with an incredibly mild winter – well at least compared to what we endured last year. Driving during snowy, blizzard-like conditions is a feat in itself. I remember 5 years ago driving to Kingston on a business trip. The drive there lasted almost 3 hours and around 300 kilometers. The route was straightforward as I literally just stayed on the 401 until getting to my final destination just off of the 401.
It was the weather during that time that proved to be tricky. During this trek, I passed through what I would call different “weather zones”. There were times when it was overcast. There were periods of light to heavy rain. At a certain stretch, I drove through a white wall of heavy snow with visibility so highly reduced due to whiteout conditions as snow blew strongly from every direction. When I did reach Kingston I was relieved to be welcomed by bright blue skies and radiant sunshine.
Each passage through these “weather zones” required different driving skills on my part. While I held strongly to the steering wheel and kept extra vigilant of other vehicles around me with full headlights on through more disturbing weather conditions, I took a more leisurely drive when the weather cleared near where I needed to be. I turned the car’s headlights off, relaxed my grip on the wheel, and calmed my senses because I knew I had arrived.
Our journey through life is much like that drive to Kingston. Whenever I drive, I am always excited about the prospect of reaching the final destination. There’s anxiety in the beginning of the journey because you know that the voyage will not always take place in ideal conditions. In order to fashion you in the person God wants you to be, He will allow you to go through various weather zones. But as you brace and brave yourself for each, God rewards you with increasing confidence in Him and improved life skills as He overcomes each “weather zone” in your life.