Every year, a large crowd gathers in Punxsutawney to see if a large rodent who goes by the name of “Punxsutawney Phil” sees his shadow, predicting that we will have six more weeks of winter.
However, Phil is starting to get plenty of competition when it comes to predicting the weather. It used to be that we were satisfied knowing what the weather might be tomorrow. Then came the 3-day forecast. Now, we have 10-day, 25-day, 30-day and even longer forecasts.
Of course, The Old Farmer’s Almanac has been “predicting” a year’s worth of weather for the really curious since it was founded in 1792, and still had not added the “Old” to the title.
Our curiosity about what the future might hold is not limited to the weather, though. There is no shortage of so-called experts who will gladly predict the outcome of any and all sporting contests. It seems oddly appropriate that Super Bowl Sunday now falls near Ground Hog Day. It’s surprising that people have not asked Phil who he thinks will win the big game.
Many of us are fascinated with what the future might hold in store for us. There is no shortage of people who will try to tell us what the results of elections, the stock market or just about anything else will be.
The problem is that our future is only revealed one moment at a time. Sometimes we can guess what’s coming; usually we cannot.
The only one who really knows is God. What happens in our lives each day is God’s will. It helps to remind ourselves that He loves, wants the best for us and gives us the graces and blessings we need to be happy — if we accept those gifts.
If we do, I predict that we will have a bright future here and in the hereafter.
God — Our past, present and future.