British winter isn’t what it used to be. The last significant winter event took place in 2010. During the winter of 2016/2017 the number of snowflakes that fell in my neck of the woods could be counted on one hand. This winter has been different and most of the UK was hit by substantial snowfall on 10 December 2017. We had a few unpleasant days before it disappeared and winter pretty much left England and Wales alone until 1 March 2018 when the so-called ‘Beast from the East’ swept in and blanketed the country in snow. I was travelling home that day after a few days working in Switzerland and managed to find myself stranded for two nights in a small hotel just thirteen miles from home. (see Blessed not Stressed.)
The UK breathed a sigh of relief when the Beast from the East departed. We all believed that winter had finally gone and that we were about to be blessed by Spring. But then the forecasters began to talk about another Beast from the East, not so beastly but beastly enough. This is how we woke on 18 March to find ourselves snowed in once again. The snow was eight inches deep where we live against a forecast of no more than one inch. Cardiff, where one of our sons lives, should have had our eight inches, but escaped with less than an inch.
Once again, the weather has reminded us to expect the unexpected. None of us knows what lies around the corner. So why do so many of us play games with God, refuse to believe in Him, or worse still believe in Him but live lives that suggest that we don’t know him at all?
And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’
“Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’
“But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’
“This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.” (Luke 12:16-21 NIV)