On Sunday night the fourth of October, there were gales and heavy rain in my part of the world, Northern Ireland. As we travelled home late at night, leaves were falling against the windscreen like a snow storm. Next morning electricity was out and branches of trees, twigs and leaves littered the roadsides. I thought winter had arrived suddenly.
Swallows have left and farmers have their crops harvested. I was not ready for the season change.
There had been warm sunny days during September so I was unprepared for colder, windier and wetter days. The forecast told me the weather would remain unsettled. I felt like the animals that hibernate, I wanted to scurry for cover.
I remembered a dream I had many years ago. I saw a stack of logs and a stack of coal beside my house. I would have provision for cold days. This dream encouraged me to believe Proverbs 30 for myself and not fear the cold weather.
She has no fear of winter for her household, for everyone has warm clothes.
She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future. (Proverbs 31:21, 25 NLT)
Thankfully one of my sons was visiting. Patrick is home all the way from Australia. One of my children turns up when I have a need. I needed his help. He made a shelter near my back door to store logs. He secured the covering on my shed so rain would not seep in. He cleared the guttering of any buildup of leaves. We emptied pot plants of fading summer plants. We moved potted trees and shrubs to a sheltered part of the garden away from scorching salty winds. Brendan secured a store of oil and coal. Thank God for my husband and son. I feel more prepared for the season ahead now.
This week has been a glorious week. The forecasters were wrong. We had sunny days to finish the work outside. At night the full moon shone overhead. Amazingly we had a glimpse of a red moon as it rose in the sky on Friday night.
Another sign as the Word of God tells us
I will show wonders in the heavens. The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord. (Joel 2:30-31 NIV)
God is speaking through his Creation.
This Sunday night I am enjoying the glow and heat from my log fire in the hearth. I will enjoy the rest and warmth indoors through the dark nights ahead.
Are you prepared for darker days? The weather and news headlines forecast storms ahead. The media instill fear for the future. Do not be afraid. Look up at the sun, moon and stars. Look up to the One who created them and have faith in God. Call upon his name and you will be safe. You will find shelter under his wings.