People are really angry with Punxatawny Phil today! I’ve seen Facebook posts that look like wanted posters with the poor furry groundhog’s head in the center and the words at the bottom reading: “Wanted: Dead or Alive!” Winter is lasting longer than expected as almost one more foot of snow fell yesterday in the area, and people are getting tired of it.
“Spring is on its way,” is the chant! People are looking for the weather to change once and for all. The sun is at a sharper angle, and those waves of warmth are expected to bring about milder temperatures, green grass, and blooming flowers. Spring is on its way, and people are READY!
People are angry with the Groundhog because they know that Spring ALWAYS comes after Winter. Anger at the groundhog is evidence of an incredible reality that should not be missed: Life on this planet comes with an amazing sense of order. Every year the seasons go through their changes. The earth’s orbit is so exact that our 365 and ¼ day cycle brings about such emotion when the weather doesn’t keep up its end of the bargain.
Soon enough the weather will change. It always does. It always will. That’s a biblical truth as well as a scientific truth! In Genesis 1:14 we hear about the seasonal order of creation. Psalm 104 describes this fact in poetic terms: “The moon marks off the seasons, and the sun knows when to go down…How many are your works, O Lord! In wisdom you made them all.”
People are angry at the Groundhog because they KNOW, without a shadow of a doubt, that Spring is coming. Isn’t that an act of faith? Anger at a groundhog is an act of faith that the future is going to occur just like the past did with Spring following Winter. The question is, do you believe in the cycle of seasons, or do you believe in the One who put the moon and the sun in the sky, and wrapped earth’s orbit in such creative precision?