By David Bragg
Syracuse should be used to snow. Beginning as a friendly competition between workers in New York offices of the National Weather Service (NWS) over which upstate New York city would get the most snow (the winning city awarded The Golden Snowball Award), the city of Syracuse has most consistently won. Based on the NWS records since 1950-51 season, Syracuse most often tops the list for most snowfall. The winter of 1991-92 would be a banner year with a little over 162 inches of snow by March. This lead the city’s Common Council to pass this resolution: "Be it resolved, on behalf of the snow-weary citizens of Syracuse, any further snowfall is expressly outlawed in the city of Syracuse until December 24, 1992" (www.syracuse.ny.us). It snowed just two days later.
Many have been the times in human history when mankind seems to have forgotten how to distinguish between created and Creator. It started as early as the Garden of Eden where Satan proved just how gullible humankind would be in convincing themselves that they, not God, were really in control. It would be repeated often, most shockingly at the cross of Jesus.
We can be guilty of the same today each time we prove selective in which commands to obey and which we think we can disregard. No matter how often we convince ourselves that we are in control, we need to stay close enough to God's word for the inspired reminders that God is God and that we are not.
- David Bragg serves as one of the ministers at the Northwest Church of Christ in Greensboro, NC and is co-editor of BulletinGold. He may be contacted through the congregation's website: http://www.nwchurchofchrist.com/ or his blog: http://davidbragg.blogspot.com/