Verse to Remember:
Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Do not depend on your own understanding. – Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIrV)
Talk About This:
Where do you look when you want to check the weather? Do you watch the Weather Channel? Check a weather app on the phone? Or do you chase down a furry rodent to see what he has to say?
Groundhog Day is a funny holiday, isn’t it? All across the country people watch a cute little groundhog come out of his hole just to find out if he can see his shadow. The tradition says if he sees his shadow, we’ll have six more weeks of winter weather, but if he doesn’t see it, we can expect an early spring.
Sounds a little silly, doesn’t it? Do you think a groundhog can really predict the weather? Of course not. It’s just a fun tradition and an excuse for people to celebrate.
If you really want to know what the weather is going to be like, you check with the experts. Weather forecasters have all kinds of scientific instruments and computers to help them know if it’s going to be hot or cold, wet or dry, windy or calm or something in between.
Can you imagine what would happen if we relied on the groundhog instead? We’d show up for school on a warm, spring day wearing a toboggan and gloves or we’d end up in shorts and flip-flops when there was snow on the ground.
Of course no one really thinks a groundhog can predict the weather. No one decides how they’re going to dress or when they’ll go outside based on what the groundhog says.
When it comes to weather decisions, we listen to the experts. But what about other decisions? Bigger decisions, Who do you listen to when you have to choose between right or wrong?