Here in the UK, we’re currently enduring our annual ‘oh my word it’s snowed and now everything has ground to a halt’ moment. They happen a couple of times a year, and generally people complain that the government hasn’t done enough to keep the country moving, that we’re all losing out on millions of pounds worth of potential economy benefits and that it’s all in all a rather large kerfuffle.
But you know, honestly, I quite like it. I know that for some people, it is not very nice, and it does obviously pose issues for the elderly and people who are vulnerable.
But part of me loves the fact that, no matter how technologically advanced we think we are, no matter how much we plan in advance or how much we think we can control things, we simply can’t. The snowfall over the UK proves that we still can’t control everything, that we are still at the mercy of events beyond our control.
Job 37.6 says “He (God) says to the snow, ‘Fall on the earth.'” Now, I don’t know if this means that every time it snows, God has ordained it. In some cosmic, divine way that I’ll never understand, I think it might. But I do know that all creation is His, and that He is in control of all things. When things such as the grinding to a halt of the UK happen, they make me realise that actually, this isn’t something we can necessarily control. I know science says that we can have an effect of weather, but ultimately, I still believe that creation is ordained and held together by God.
And so when the snow falls, and the news is full of people lamenting the fact that we can’t run our trains and that people have to stay at home, I have to say, it makes me feel a little better about life.