Scripture: Jesus said, “A wicked and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign shall be given to it except the sign of the prophet.Jonah.” Mt. 16:4, NKJV  (See also Mt. 12:39, Mk. 8:11-13)

Read the Signs
    I  observed a number of wooly bear caterpillars while working in my garden on a beautiful day in mid September. Wooly bears are fuzzy caterpillars. They're a couple of inches long, black, with a brown band around the middle. I thought of the folktale that if the brown band is wide, then the winter will be mild and if the brown band is narrow, then get ready for deep snow and cold well into April. A black wooly bear means a harsh winter. All of the ones I observed were a solid color, some black, some brown.  By the way, the wooly bear will become a tiger moth, no matter how cold the winter.
     I also thought of Jesus’ comments on weather signs given in Matthew 16, which parallels our saying that “Red sky at night, a sailor’s delight; red sky in morning, sailors take warning.” 
    Some weather signs are reliable, some not, but here are a few that you might enjoy, or even employ:

* When a summer rainstorm is due, bees will linger close to their hive. (I have personally observed this.)

    * In good weather, birds fly higher. Whereas, before a storm, flocks of migratory birds, swallows and, even, bats fly close to the ground. In fact, many species of birds will gather and roost before bad weather sets in, no matter what time of day.

    * If migrating geese fly due north or south, the following day will be fair. But if they "tack" from east to west, the next day will bring bad weather.    *

    * Rain and wind are coming when sheep and horses gather together in tight huddles.
Cows and deer stand facing east if fair weather's continuing, but bad weather is on the way if they stand facing west.

    * Spiders are most active when fair weather is on the way, as are ants.

* Before a rainstorm, fresh and salt-water fish bite more often.
So, unfortunately, do flies -- and they may bite more deeply than usual.

* Crickets will give you the approximate temperature -- just count the number of chirps in 14 seconds, and add 40 to get the approximate temperature in degrees Farenheit.

    The Pharisees and Saducees wanted to test Jesus, demanding that he show them a sign from heaven, possibly some apoclyptic vision, as confirmation of his work. The many acts of healing and other miracles should have been sign enough. They were like someone standing in the rain, while questioning the accuracy of the forcast for rain!
    Jesus refered to the sign of Jonah, who spent “three days and nights in the belly of the great fish” (Mt. 12:40) and “so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth,”in fulfilment of the Old Testament Prophecy. But the sign of Jonah also reminds us of the message of Jonah. Jonah preached a message of repentance to the city of Nineveh. Jesus came to preach the same message that Jonah preached, a message of repentance, a reminder that we need to turn from sin and turn to God!
    The people of Nineveh repented, and were spared.
 
    Both the weather and our earthly  lifestyle are temporary; they will pass. Eternity, however,  is forever - read  and heed the signs!

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