I can’t quite explain it or rationalize it, but I love Groundhog Day. I love the fun of it and the silliness and the groundhog himself and the mock seriousness of the traditions. Maybe I love it even more than my kids do.
So today my family gathered on the outskirts of the crowd and pressed in closer until we could see the podium and the table holding a small pet carrier. The speakers introduced the groundhog while we shivered and rubbed our hands together, hoping for news of an early spring.
This adorable creature gnawed away on his corn cob, caring not a bit for the flashing cameras and rolling video. And those officials who eyed the groundhog watchfully finally announced that, unlike the more famous groundhog Phil, our particular prognosticating creature predicted six more weeks of winter.
Instead of booing over the news that we’re stuck with the cold longer than we’d like, we accepted it with good-natured whimsy. It is, perhaps, the cutest way to deliver bad news. Send in the groundhog to tell it.
Then we toured the museum and colored groundhog pages and played games with shadows. It struck me that this is what we watch the groundhog for, to see his response to the shifting of shadows.
Shadows shift. They change. The direction of the light, the time of the day, the traveling of the clouds across the face of the sun all make the shadows dance or lengthen or shorten or perhaps even disappear.
Life shifts, too. It changes. Groundhogs are right and sometimes they are wrong. Experts are right and sometimes they are wrong. Circumstances alter unexpectedly. You make a plan and then God interrupts you with the unexpected.
But here’s what we know: God is our constant, our reliable, ever-faithful, un-shifting Light in a world of uncertain shadows.
And it’s nice to know that we aren’t in the hands of whimsy or relying on the predictions of unreliable sources. He knows us. He knows what we need. He knows where we’ve been, where we are, where we’re going. He knows what tomorrow holds. He knows how to take us through.
This week, I’ll be meditating on a verse that reminds me of God’s constant character and His trustworthy love, and I’ll be using this as my third memory verse for the year with Beth Moore’s SSMT plan.
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17 NIV
What’s your verse for the week?
Heather King is a wife, mom, Bible Study teacher, writer and worship leader. Most importantly, she is a Christ follower with a desire to help others apply the Bible to everyday life with all its mess, noise, and busyness. Her upcoming book, Ask Me Anything, Lord: Opening Our Hearts to God’s Questions, will be released in the Fall of 2013! To read more devotionals by Heather King, click here.
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