Isn’t it amazing how quickly the weather can change our plans? The huge winter storm that swept through the Midwest (and much of the rest of the country) has resulted in closed schools, roads, churches, and our Indiana Conference Center. Likewise, we had to cancel our Cabinet meeting scheduled for this week, and now we will have to find a time to reschedule that meeting.

It is amazing how quickly snowflakes and wind and cold and freezing raindrops can change our human plans. Actually it is humbling.

Have you ever looked at a snowflake under a magnifying glass? Every snowflake is unique, appears quite fragile, and yet is elegant in design. Hard to believe that such small thing – when combined with millions of other snowflakes and wind to push it – can totally disrupt our lives and change our best human plans.

It is humbling to realize that we human beings are not in charge of this world. Oh yes, our technology and our “power” allows us to cope better than our ancestors who hid out in caves, but not much has changed over the centuries. Still today the best thing we can do during a winter’s storm is to stay home, stay inside, stay warm, and wait for it to be over.

What to do on such a winter’s day? Call your family and friends and neighbors to make sure they are OK. Catch up on e-mail. And reading. And preparations for upcoming sermons and other presentations. Cheer for one’s favorite sports team. Stay safe. Wait. And enjoy this forced respite from our usual busy schedules.