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VINSON: Weather, like the times, are a-changin’

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“Keep a clean nose/Watch the plain clothes/You don’t need a weatherman/To know which way the wind blows,” Bob Dylan wrote in “Subterranean Homesick Blues.”

Growing up in the country, I use to hear some of the older folks talk about how the day would come – near the end of time – when we wouldn’t be able to tell apart the seasons.

Given the unusual weather and temperatures over the past few months, I decided to do little digging in the Bible.

Though I didn’t find anything specific saying we wouldn’t be able to tell apart the seasons, I did find this correlative passage in Genesis 8:22, “As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.”

And there were a couple things that caused me to go digging through the Bible in regard to the weather:

“The month that just ended was the warmest on record across Tennessee,” a Chattanooga reporter said, referring to March.

Still, though it might not yet be an official record, I wager the first few weeks in June will be the coolest first in Tennessee’s history.

While we had near 90-degree weather in March, the first few days this month have averaged out to be in the mid-60s. Generally, by mid-June, the weather is torridly hot, reaching the high-80s and mid-90s.

The other morning, while sitting on the outside patio of Gondola Restaurant in McMinnville, I told owner Jimmy Zavogiannis it was akin to sitting on the shore of the Mediterranean Sea, around dusk, with a nice breeze blowing.

It was eerily too comfortable.

What is going on?

In 2006, former Vice President Al Gore gained both national and worldwide attention with his award-winning documentary on global warming, titled “An Inconvenient Truth.”

The core objective of “An Inconvenient Truth” was to educate the public about the severity of the climate crisis – and educate it did.

However, there were naysayers who claimed his global warming theory was without merit because it lacked a credible scientific foundation. And much of that criticism remains prevelent today.

According to critics, Gore used his vice presidential resume to spew mere blather and line his pockets.

Quite frankly, I’m not qualified to agree or disagree with his theory.

I will state this, though: While growing up in Middle Tennessee, there seemed to be definitive springs, summers, falls and winters.

However, over the past 10 years or so, the seasons are no longer quite as definitive as before.

In terms of weather and temperature, the seasons seem to jump around a lot. One day summer feels like fall, the other it feels just like spring.

On the other hand, I have to admit the first few weeks of June were pure bliss.

I wish it would stay like this all year.

While he might be onto something with global warming, I’m thoroughly convinced Gore did not invent the Internet.

If Bill Gates had claimed such, I would have said, “OK.”

If Mark Zuckerberg had claimed such, I would have said, “OK.”

But, Gore? No.

As Dylan would say, “The times, they are a-changin’.”

Mike Vinson can be contacted at mike_vinson56@yahoo.com.
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June 17, 2012 at 8:01pm
Granted, my knowledge, or lack thereof, of God’s Word—limited by my own “fear,” thus certainly not by God’s “will”—has kept me in bondage and in the shadows for most of my life. Instead of being a host for God, I chose to be a host for my ego. Uninformed and wanting, I cherry-picked my judgments and imparted my morals and my grand self to lift me up and take “control” of my journey. I lived apart from God; it was my season; it was my life, and it was my backbone, at stake, was it not? I was thorough and mindful of hiding my deep, dark, and trembling insecurities. My outward appearance, my backward cloak, was a calculated force to behold, or so I thought.

The Book of Ecclesiastes does not identify its author. However, most biblical scholars and pundits attribute Ecclesiastes to King Solomon. After doing some “digging” of my own, it seems that Solomon was a wise man of God, and was at a point of reflection in his life, fellowshipping with his Father and guiding us through his vault of secularism to understand better, seeking significance, in the mysterious wonders of this world, and to have a relationship with God.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 reads as follows:

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;

A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;

A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

Clearly, I, we, must not be as free as we thought. We are not in control of anything. “Someone” much larger and grander than you, and I, is in charge, calling the shots, if you will. It is all in the “timing” people— God’s timing, not ours; God’s season, not ours.

After reading Ecclesiastes, rereading, and reading it yet again, I finally let go of trying to control what “I think” God is trying to tell me, and let Him do His job.

I still stumble over my own character; all the time . . . foolish pride and hanging on to my shattered, worn, and veiled ego, but there are those rare moments, like today, when I experience the “stillness” of His Power and His Love and His Forgiveness and His Mercy.

Further reading of Chapter 3 of Ecclesiastes only solidifies just how helpless I really am. Verse 11 reads: “He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.” There are, obviously, more “whys?” in our experiences of life than we can ever hope to find answers for, not merely apart from God but even in the closest relationship with Him.

Oh! The irony and sarcasm of life; God has a sense of humor, a serious and dry one, too, perfect and loving and beautiful.

Thanks, Mike, for allowing me to enjoy a good and peaceful Sunday “digging” through the most beautiful Book ever written. "Turn! Turn! Turn!"

June 24, 2012 at 8:52am
The word "season" is used to define an arbritary (time for). It could be related to weather patterns (spring or rainy) or holidays (Christmas-Easter)."Season" is probably the word translated from the Hebrew "Ona".
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