Who Can Complain Effectively About the Weather?


I would like to submit this famous poem about fog by Carl Sandburg. I thought of it when my brother moved up to Florence, Oregon. It doesn’t rain all the time in Oregon…most of the time it is overcast and dripping with moisture reflective of an impending cloudburst. I grew up in Port Hueneme, CA. Every day was about the same. In the morning we would have fog (or overcast clouds) to the point that those of us in the marching band had to change socks and sometimes shoes between our practice before school and First Period. Then, usually by mid-morning, or at least by noon, the sun would come out, burn off the fog and it would be a bright sunny day. But then, by mid afternoon, the west wind would start blowing off the Pacific Ocean and make everything cool, sometimes uncomfortably so. If you were out for the day, you had to dress inlayers, because all day was spent putting on or taking off clothes. I’m certain Cargo Pants (the kind with the zippered detachable legs) were invented by someone who lived in a similar place.

I am amazed that my brother would move to a place with weather like this, bearing in mind the past experiences. But that brings us back to Sandburg’s Poem. “It sits looking over harbor and city on silent haunches….and then moves on.” Every day, it was like the Bill Murray movie “Groundhog Day“, at least weather-wise. The fog moved on, as if blown away by the west wind, leaving many a clear night, but the next day- it started all over again!

I thought that this was like “grace” with God. Every day, we let Him down, but He is faithful to stick with us, and gives us a clean slate, every day. He doesn’t obsess with our shortcomings, He moves on. When I mess up with God, I want to confess and get past it, starting over with a clean slate. He is so good to give that to us.

Psalm 103:11-12 (NKJV)
11  For as the heavens are high above the earth, So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him;
12  As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us.

God, let us be mindful of your grace and never forget how much you are eager to forgive us!


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