February 2020 


Why do the British always talk about the weather?

A quick internet search informs me that over 90% of us will have spoken about the weather in the last six hours and I was fascinated to discover that on average we will have spent four months of our lives talking about the weather. I guess it’s no surprise really because, with its changeability, we always have something new to talk about. High pressure for the last two days has brought a welcome respite from the January rain and with it beautiful clear blue skies, sunshine, glorious sunsets and bright starry nights.  

The sunshine seemed to turn a spotlight on the new life emerging all around that I hadn’t noticed on the rainy days. Buds are appearing on shrubs and trees. Spring bulbs are pushing new growth up through garden borders. A small clump of crocus and a single, solitary snowdrop are flowering along the path I walk to church. It would be easy to miss them, they are small and perhaps mostly insignificant in the big scheme of things, but for me they each bring joy and hope for what is to come. They are all signs of new life; of the changing seasons. 

Change is all around us; changing weather; changing seasons. We all experience change in our lives too – sometimes rapid change like different weather from day to day and at other times slow, almost imperceptible change like the seasons. In times of change I often remember Jesus telling his disciples not to worry (Luke 12:22-30) but I acknowledge that this is often easier said than done. What Jesus also tells his disciples is how much God loves, values and cares about them, and that is as true for us today as it was for them 2000 years ago. Whatever season of life we find ourselves in at the moment may we take comfort that we are loved, valued and cared about by God who, I believe, delights in surprising us by spotlighting small every day things to fill us with joy and hope for the days ahead.

Rev Sandi Wickens 

Curate of Rotherfield with Mark Cross