Living in Minnesota means that before stepping out the front door, you need to make sure you have dressed appropriately for that day's weather. I forgot this necessity for surviving Minnesota weather the other day as I embarked on my daily walk; by the time I had reached the walking path on the SW perimeter of the church property, I knew that when choosing my outerwear for my 40 minute walk, I hadn't taken into account that day's forecast of sunny skies with brisk November winds.
For a moment, I pondered turning around and heading home to change. But I knew that if I did this, I might just choose to take off my jacket, scarf, and walking shoes and settle into the my comfortable easy chair for a while. Taking into account my love for a sedentary lifestyle, I adapted to the circumstances, changing my usual walking route of turning left onto the trail--which would have brought me to the gusty streets of downtown Stewartville--to turning right so that the forest would protect me from the wind.
Life is sort of like dressing appropriately for that day's weather before stepping out the door. From birth on, one needs to learn how to adapt to life's changing circumstances. Learning to share toys with siblings when little, avoiding sitting next to the bully on the school bus as a teenager, choosing not to apply for a high-interest rate credit card as a young adult, deciding to look for a new job when the work culture at your company becomes cut-throat, and choosing to follow the health department guidelines during the pandemic are examples from my own life in adapting to changes in life's circumstances. Call it 'dressing for the weather of life'.
As you prepare for the Thanksgiving holiday, in light of the gusty winds of the pandemic, may God guide you in 'dressing for weather' to your particular circumstances, bringing you to the other side safe and well and contented.