Do you ever feel like you just can’t get anything right? How would you like to have a job where you always got it wrong?
When I was a lot younger, I had a job as the Wing Weather Officer for a Wing Commander in the Air Force. My primary job was to forecast fog since that was about the only weather that we worried about at March AFB, CA. It seemed like when I forecasted fog there would be no fog and when I forecasted no fog there would be fog. It was more disturbing for me more than for the Wing Commander. He knew we couldn’t forecast fog accurately.
Fast forward to last Saturday. The official forecast the night before was for rain not until late afternoon or evening. As I checked the forecast in the morning I noticed that the official word had not changed. So I told my brother that his birthday party at 11:00 AM would not be disturbed by snow. All family members would have no trouble driving to and from the restaurant in Redmond. We arrived at the restaurant shortly before 11:00 AM. At 11:00 AM my daughter called me and told me that it was a Winter Wonderland at her house in Lynnwood. She said that they were in route and that it was still snowing in Mill Creek. I immediately told my brother that it would snow before we left the restaurant. It started to snow in about 10 minutes — hard. Our niece, who lives in Shoreline, just north of Seattle, also reported snow. So the weather man got it wrong, and so did I. Just like the old days.
Our lives are full of examples where someone just can’t get it right. Consider the medical profession. This summer I had to see three doctors before one of them correctly diagnosed me with a ruptured appendix. And politicians get it wrong, too. Even our spiritual directors get it wrong on occasion. Sometimes I feel like I just can’t get it right. But eventually, the feeling just goes away and I settle into a reality where most people just do the best they can. On the other hand, nature seems to get it right more often than not. See below.