Predictions

Predictions of Weather, Wealth, Sports and a Couple of Perpetual Beefs for 2014

Ed, my neighbor next door, celebrated the New Year’s Eve in style. He and Ruby always host a party that ushers out the old year, like a greased pig, and the New Year in like a newly hatched gosling. Ed says there that is no hanging on to an old year as it is as slippery as a greased pig. The New Year comes in like a gosling that just pecked its way out of the egg. That goose tends to act out of control until about the end of April. By then, those who have made it through the winter will have renewed hope for the rest of the year.

At their party, Ed gave his predictions for 2014, which he claims his family and friends consider well worth memorizing for reference during the coming year. I have suggested that Ed just type them up, so they have a copy for reference, but he claims they need to be passed by word of mouth since they are almost restricted information.

In Ed’s weather forecast for the year, he predicted that, in 2014, the winter will be seasonable, the spring will be late and wet, the summer will be dry and cool, the fall will be wet, and winter will come in October. The best crop to plant will be oats. Ed warned that, no one, should plant canola as the price will crumble in the coming year.”

Ed’s prediction for sports was brief, another Grey Cup for the Roughriders in 2014. Ed warned about ‘March Madness.’ In March, money markets around the world will become as stable as, a flag blowing in the wind, and folks will put their money in their mattresses.

Ed had to mention a couple of personal, perpetual beefs that he is sure won’t change in 2014. The old preacher next door won’t move, and highway to his farm will get even worse. So bad, in fact, he’ll have to put planks in the back of his truck, and use them to drive over the huge pot holes left from broken pavement. All in all, Ed predicts the coming year will be about, as good as, any year gets. I am not quite sure if that’s positive or not.

I don’t put much stock in predictions for the New Year. I agree with Peter Drucker when he said, “Trying to predict the future is like trying to drive down a country road at night with no lights while looking out the back window.” It is tempting to think we might be able to see into the future, but the Bible speaks of God being in control of the future, and we cannot know how it will play out. A key to confidence for the future is by remembering that God is good. A good, merciful, loving, almighty God is in control the future. The very God, who so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.

God’s plans for 2014 are rich and satisfying. “I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”

 

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Raymond Maher
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