One of the more effective speakers I’ve heard lately was in Houghton College Chapel on Friday, October 7. In beginning his remarks, he said something along these lines:
I’m from Michigan, so I understand your gloomy, overcast weather in New York. It makes us exceedingly glad when we have a day like today!
(Friday was a gloriously clear, sunny day.)
I’m also a Calvinist, so I know how to experience (spiritual) gloom … and I know how to create it.
It’s great to be able to poke fun at oneself and at one’s affiliations. It’s not so great that the negative, unbiblical aspects of Calvinism live on in segments of Christendom. And now, back to the weather. . . .
Western New York’s weather is typically gloomy. It can be downright depressing … which does indeed make us grateful for the wonderful early fall days we had from October 7 through October 11. When you have sun, you realize how much you’ve missed it.
And when we finally see God, we’ll realize how utterly lacking and gloomy this world has been, relatively speaking, despite its beauties.
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. (Romans 8:18-25, ESV)
Since all these things are to melt away in this manner, what sort of people must we be, conducting our lives in holiness and godliness, while waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God? Because of this day, the heavens will be burned up and dissolve, and the celestial bodies will melt away in a blaze! But, according to his promise, we are waiting for 45 new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness truly resides. (2 Peter 3:11-13, NetBible)