I like to think the weather in South Dakota is unique, but some jokes I read on social media made me question that idea. A post titled, ‚ÄúYou know you‚Äôre from Maine when‚Ä¶‚ÄĚ claimed, ‚Äúwhen you own more than four pair of gloves and you wear a coat over your Halloween costume.‚ÄĚ
I thought, ‚ÄúHey, those are South Dakota jokes, you can‚Äôt borrow them!‚ÄĚ Nor was it fair when a similar joke about Washington asked, ‚ÄúWhat do you call two straight days of rain in Seattle? A weekend.‚ÄĚThat‚Äôs not funny, it‚Äôs life in Brandon. Only we had two straight weeks of rain in October, or was it more than that?
It seems that every state makes certain claims about its weather, and a lot of them are the same. If you live in the north you hear jokes about having frostbite on your sunburn, and if you live in the south they tell jokes about it being so hot that the chickens lay boiled eggs. These jokes all have something in common, and that is that the weather is crazy. The other thing they have in common is that this idea is actually Biblical.
In Genesis 8:21 God promised Noah after the flood, ‚ÄúAs long as the earth endures, seed time and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.‚ÄĚ It is comforting to know that we will always have seasons as long as the earth endures. At the same time God never promised we won‚Äôt have snow followed by warm weather the next week like we did recently. That‚Äôs because the natural world was thrown out of kilter by sin. Romans 8:22 says, ‚ÄúWe know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.‚ÄĚ ¬†Our seasons will have rough edges on them.
So what can we learn from the seasons? Enjoy them, with their crazy unpredictable nature and all, and let them remind you of two Biblical truths. The leaves of fall remind us that as it says in 1 Cor. 7:31b, ‚ÄúFor this world in its present form is passing away.‚ÄĚ We will have seasons, but only until Christ returns and takes those who trust him as their Savior to his Father‚Äôs house where the weather is constantly perfect. But also learn from the seasons that falling leaves and the cycle of death was broken when Jesus rose from the dead. Martin Luther once said, ‚ÄúOur Lord has written the promise of resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in springtime.‚ÄĚ So share your jokes about the weather, but remember to share your hope in Christ at the same time! ¬†