If April showers bring May flowers, what do April snowstorms bring? Is this the question that is on many people's minds after what seemed like a long winter. But was the winter was long? Might it be more accurate to suggest that society has become more impatient? 2 Peter 3:8 reminds us that "with the Lord one day is as a thousand years and a thousand years as one day."So the question we might ask is, "Was this winter long for God?"
Winter is a time of no growth. Is this our society, that we have had little if any growth in faith? Luke 18:8 quotes Jesus asking, "When the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on earth?" This question is raised after telling the parable of the horrible judge who gave in to a widow only because she was wearing him out by coming to him continually seeking vindication. Jesus points out that God will vindicate speedily those who cry to Him day and night. The word "vindicate" is defined as "to clear of blame or suspicion" and "to show to be right and justified". How does this reflect our concern that winter was too long?
Might it be that our desire for shorter winters is more to please our desires of pleasure? The world has become impatient, seeking instant responses. Even as short of time as seventy-five years ago, not everyone of the population had telephones. Today, in a province with slightly over one million people, ten million numbers are not enough to satisfy the appetite for instant contact. Psalm 46:10 tells us "Be still and know that I am God.", but we can't sit more than one hour. A. W. Tozer (1897-1963) stated, "We must show a new generation of nervous, almost frantic [people] that...speed and noise are evidences of weakness, not strength." Impatience is a weakness, not a positive characteristic.
In his book Who Put My Life On Fast Forward?, Phil Callaway tells of the devil meeting with millions of demons. Satan offers ways to prevent growing relationships with Jesus. The plan is to distract people by keeping them busy. This is done partly by redefining success from faithfulness or people to "accumulating stuff". He suggests that lowering the prime rate will encourage more buying, which, in turn, will lead to more work hours and less family time. With all of this, Satan says, "Make them comfortable and complacent...Make silence a fearful thing. Create so much noise that they can't hear the still small voice of God."
Does this sound familiar? What we need is more slow and quiet time to nourish our relationships with God, family and friends. Years ago, blizzards kept people immobile for days at a time. However, now, even winter no longer slows us down. Let us make our pauses to be filled with faith building events, hearing the still small voice of God.