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My brother and I were in Rhode Island last weekend, attending our uncle’s funeral. We had hoped to stay a bit longer and visit more with family, but the weather forecast was rather alarming, so we kept it short: We arrived in moderate snow on Saturday and, as we left on Sunday, the prediction was two to three feet of snow coming Monday night.

Back home in L.A. as Winter Storm Juno swept up the Eastern Seaboard, I kept checking the forecast, concerned for my relatives. Monday morning, I was so intent on the storm reports that when I walked out the door to go to the car, I was surprised to see hazy sunshine and to need only a sweater to keep me warm. It took me a moment to readjust: The snow was falling elsewhere, and I was in the sun.

In fact, as I drove Sean to school in Santa Monica that morning, he pointed out a rainbow that had formed over the bay. God’s promise of how He will care for His children was written across a sky that was rapidly turning blue. I thought of how often we fear what the future may bring – bad weather, heartache, or frustration – without considering that those fears grow out of listening to forecasts meant for other people. God has brighter days planned for us. Our faith does not mean that our futures will be flawless, but it does mean that wherever we walk, we will walk in the love and the light of the Lord. We will face storms, but they will not consume us because we know the Lord walks with us.

As we move forward in His Light, we need to tune out the temptations that, like dark clouds on the horizon, might make us worry about what awaits. We need to tune into the Good News and stay focused on the shining days the Lord has forecast for us.

Let us not be overwhelmed by the cold. Let us rejoice that we are in the Son.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart.”                Jeremiah 29:11-13