"Hey, how you doing?"
"Pretty good! And yourself?"
"Oh yeah, I'm good too."
"So, how about the weather recently? Crazy, right?"
"Oh, yeah. Crazy."
The weather is often viewed as a boring topic of conversation, a subject that one resorts to only if there is absolutely nothing else to make small-talk about or if an awkward silence drags on for too long.
But here in Sioux Center, the weather is legitimately a fascinating source of conversation. Why? It's so inconsistent and unpredictable.
Last Saturday, it was sunny. The soccer team had a scrimmage on our field, the track team had a meet at our stadium, and most of the non-athletes on campus were at one of these events cheering for our teams.
On Sunday, it was really, really windy (which is pretty stereotypical of Iowa).
On Monday, it snowed. Because the weather had been nice for the previous two days, I wasn't expecting this regression into winter. As a result, I longboarded to the Fruited Plain for a homework session and found myself stranded there. The snow didn't stick, but it was still pretty miserable while it was falling.
On Tuesday, I started my morning with a jog through the prairie. It was warm enough that I could just wear shorts and a tshirt, but it was cold enough that every single blade of grass was coated in a thin layer of frost (pictured above).
On Wednesday, I went for a drive with my windows down because my AC is broken, but it was hot enough outside that I needed some cool air flow in my vehicle.
On Thursday, I wore shorts and flip flops.
On Friday, I dug my coat out from the back of my closet and donned some boots. Most of the day was grey and dreary. It started raining later in the afternoon, and then it kept raining through the night. Pretty appropriate for Good Friday, I suppose.
On Saturday, it was oh-so sunny. The lawn that runs right through the middle of campus was strewn with colorful beach towels, as students laid out in the sun to do their homework. Well, some students were doing homework. Others were procrastinating by playing spikeball, which is a campus favorite (pictured below).
And today? Today is Easter Sunday and the sunshine has stayed.
It's as if God has been giving us all an experiential metaphor throughout this Holy Week. Though the day-to-day experience of human living is inconsistent and unpredictable, sunshine is coming. Though Good Friday was painful, Easter Sunday was coming. And man, that Sunday was joyful.
However, because Jesus didn't come to stay permanently, the sunshine will pass. We will have to live in the midst of rain again. In fact, the forecast for this upcoming week is pretty gloomy -- but if you've learned anything from this blog post, know that you can't trust an Iowa forecast...
Regardless, today is sunny. And today, we should celebrate that sunshine while it's here, always anticipating the day it will be forever sunny.
Happy Easter, friends.
"He is risen!"
"He is risen, indeed!"
There. That's an interesting, non-awkward discussion worth expanding on.