April 04, 2012 - What an amazing spring we have had! March started out with April weather, then moved to May weather, and then gave us a taste of June weather with temperatures in the 80's.
That is my kind of March. Every year, I anticipate and measure the coming of spring and the return to the beautiful green-colored trees and grass, which I love!
An early season means that I will see mostly green during the first week of May; a later spring, such as last year, will mean that it can come a week or two later.
This year, the first week of April will resemble an early spring first week of May. It is funny how we respond to what we get used too.
A normal high of 50 degrees with sun will feel good in a normal year; but this year, when it was 50 and sunny at the end of March, it seemed so cold.
Once we get used to the higher temps, it is hard to tell our mind what the date is because we are used to something different.
There is something about the human condition that makes our expectations change based on the conditions we are surrounded by.
Well, I guess it should be expected since even the trees have been fooled by the weather.
Many trees have blossomed early and a cold spell, which is quite normal in April, could cause damage to the blossoms and trouble for the fruit season in the fall.
It seems that unpredictable patterns can be a source of trouble for everything.
We can see that the same thing has happened to our society in the economic realm.
Unusually, prosperous conditions over a 25-year span have conditioned us to think that we do not have to prepare for bad times economically.
For many years, our government and the people have lived with the idea that we could shield ourselves from the low points of the economy, so typical throughout history.
I perceive that we are now operating in a state of denial, trying to assume that past policies will protect us and give us back the wonderful season we loved.
I could be wrong, or there could be a fix for a season, but my observation is with the human condition.
It is very difficult to tell people that we cannot go by how we feel, we must look at the calendar from time to time and realize that the seasons are sometimes out of whack, but they will eventually return.
Winter looks different in every part of the world I have traveled, and I have been to many—but sooner or later, winter comes.
Of course the opposite is true: so does spring, summer and fall. The important thing is that we learn how to prepare for the cycles of life that will surely come.
I am a part of the baby boomer generation and we love to say that 60 is the new 50 or 70 is the new 60, because we refuse to believe that the cycles of life will affect us.
Maybe this is the result of the illusion we have developed from the good times we have lived in.
The Bible says in Ecclesiastes 11:4-5, "He who observes the wind will not sow, And he who regards the clouds will not reap. As you do not know what is the way of the wind, Or how the bones grow in the womb of her who is with child, So you do not know the works of God who makes everything."
Weather can be a temporary condition, no matter how long it lasts. In the end, the climate will manifest itself and the seasons will come.
We do not always know exactly what is going on, but we must know that God has a plan, and we must recognize the need to line up with the plan by preparing for the seasons that will surely come.
Are you preparing for the coming season or are you stuck in what you feel today?
The Rev. Loren Covarrubias is pastor of Mt. Zion Church