It is going to snow here, allegedly, anywhere from 0″-12″. My whole life has been lived in Missouri, for the most part. The weather here is a little unpredictable.
That may be an understatement. I believe this is where they send weathermen as punishment. If the weather here isn’t unpredictable, then we have just never in the last five decades had a decent weatherman.
I can’t tell you how many times big snow was predicted and the storm divided like the Red Sea and went right around the Gateway Arch, to the north and to the south and left all the poor kids leaving their sleds behind to go to school with nary a dusting.
It’s jokingly referred to as the “Arch Effect”. It has happened with severe weather, as well, so it isn’t always a bad thing, whatever is going on that inexplicably makes weather take a detour around us.
The stores will be busy today, selling ice melt, snow shovels and all the ingredients to make french toast, which appears to be the food of choice for days we might possibly get snowed in.
I’ll believe the snow is coming when I see it. Yep, I’m Show-Me through and through.
I’m sitting here this morning doubting we’ll get much, if any, of that white powder falling from the sky. I wouldn’t be surprised if it came but I wouldn’t be surprised if it didn’t.
Which brings to mind another doubter, Thomas.
He’s been much maligned because he said he’d believe Jesus was alive when he saw it.
But Thomas was just a regular guy when it came down to it. If my best friend, the president, the most profound scientific mind of all time or the head of the Bigfoot search committee told me they saw Jesus walking around in the streets of Troy, Missouri, I know I would doubt.
I’d think it was all just wishful thinking, hallucinations or delusions.
Sure, Thomas had seen a lot of miracles.
John 20: 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and look at my hands. Put your hand into the wound in my side. Don’t be faithless any longer. Believe!”
28 “My Lord and my God!” Thomas exclaimed.
29 Then Jesus told him, “You believe because you have seen me. Blessed are those who believe without seeing me.”
Think about this. Thomas was one of the original twelve. God knew all along he was a skeptic at heart just as he knew Judas’ loyalty was an issue. Yet, he chose Thomas. Thomas isn’t known for a lot in the Bible except his change from skepticism to belief.
This belief was strong enough that he was willing to die for it and that is just what he did.
Here is a miracle of the scripture. God wrote the story of the life of Jesus in real life, with real people that had real feelings and thoughts. He knew we would need to address doubt in our hearts and minds. He gave us Thomas, the skeptic, the doubter, the realist, to show that the miracle of Jesus standing up in that tomb, stepping out into the light of day and walking back into relevance was not wishful thinking or a story or even a mirage. It was real. He touched the hands, the wounds and he believed what he saw!
This wasn’t all about Thomas way back at the beginning of A.D. It was about us, the doubters, the skeptics, that can’t see, that can’t touch or feel. Jesus even spoke right to us, “Blessed are those who believe without seeing me.”
I still have my doubts about the snow that is looming in the near future. But, I have no doubts about Jesus. Thomas addressed them for me. He’s kind of a hero that way. It had to be tempting to just go along with the crowd.
I don’t feel like I have not seen anymore. I have seen my life without Jesus and I have seen it since he has taken a high place in my heart. I can see him. I can see his power and mercy and love for me. He’s here. Working inside me and removing my doubts one day at a time.