The Bible As a Basis for Good Mental Health
Over the past few weeks, we've had quite a few days of "spring-like" weather. The temperatures were higher, the sun warmer, and spirits brighter. We know Spring is coming; there are forces in motion that will now turn our part of Earth closer to the sun's rays. Indeed, Monday, March 21st, 2016 heralded the first day of Spring in the Northern Hemisphere.
But just two days later, snow was predicted, and lots of it! We saw radar and satellite maps, and read the taglines on the TV screen: "WINTER STORM WARNING!"
Meteorologists are arguably the definitive source of what to expect, weather-wise. Their timing may be off due to forces beyond their control. I (and some others) found it hard to believe that 50- to 60-degree weather could drop low enough again to allow for this precipitation. I thought, "I'll believe it when I see it!"
As the early afternoon hours ticked by on Wednesday, no snow had fallen. But lo and behold, as the hours advanced toward evening, the snow they predicted materialized, and began to accumulate. Even so, in the midst of the blustery storm, came another, more hopeful, prediction: "That snow won't stick around long. It's going to warm up again."
We haven't seen much of the expected season yet here in Wisconsin, although as I write this, I can hear the sound of water flowing--all that snow melting under the Spring sun.
This is Easter weekend, and we will hear the familiar story of Christ's death and resurrection. The story has been spread from The definitive source, thousands of years ago, as a Biblical prediction that and is still repeated today. For Christians, the outcome is exactly what they expect.
That first Easter, when Jesus appeared to His disciples, Thomas was not with them. He doubted their reports that Jesus had indeed been there. He basically said, 'I'll believe it when I see it!' So Jesus returned, and Thomas had to believe it!
After that first Resurrection, fellow Christians exchanged greetings, with joyful excitement in their voices: "He is Risen!" "He is Risen, indeed!" Every Easter, we repeat the sounding joy, as we greet each other with the same triumphant message. And we are certain indeed, that A Voice Carries!