I recently found myself taking an early morning stroll down Main Street with my dog, Wallace. I was blown away by the beautiful glow of the rising sun against the cloudy skies (see photo). My first thought in encountering this scene was gratitude to God for
this “painting.” My second thought strangely enough was that age old adage, “Red sky in morning sailor take warning.” Somehow this old adage has become so ingrained in the recesses of my mind that it just spilled out in that moment. No doubt about it, it
would probably rain later today. The sky was loaded with clouds and my I-Phone Weather App concurred. Rain was in the forecast for East Aurora that day. As the day unfolded, a funny thing happened. The clouds moved out and it was the
most glorious Autumn day imaginable. Could my I-Phone Weather App had made a mistake? And what about the age old adage? Could that be wrong too? The two things
weʼve come to learn to trust and count on- modern technology and age old wisdom were both incorrect that day.
For the most part, we can count on age-old adages; their reliability is how they become
age-old adages. For the most part, we can count on technology too. It helps to unravel
mysteries. As the Everyday Mysteries Website from The Library of Congress tells us:
A red sunrise can mean that a high pressure system (good weather) has already
passed, thus indicating that a storm system (low pressure) may be moving to the east.
A morning sky that is a deep, fiery red can indicate that there is high water content in
the atmosphere. So, rain could be on its way.
In the end, does anyone really know what the day will bring or what the future holds?
We love certainty. We seek knowledge to explain away mystery. We love to control our
lives and our destiny, but we can never fully know or control life as it unfolds before us.
Could it be that the better approach is to put our trust in and count on the “One” who
holds the future?
He replied, “When evening comes, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red,’ and in
the morning, ‘Today it will be stormy, for the sky is red and overcast.’ You know how to
interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times. (Matt
XVI: 2-3 NIV)
The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words;