Currently Europe is under a cold spell. Dangerous low temperatures have hit Eastern Europe, shutting down schools, trapping thousands in transit and claiming lives. The worst parts are Ukraine, Russia, Serbia, Bosnia and Croatia. The hardest hit is Ukraine where temperatures are as low as minus 36 Celsius.
This big freeze seems confusing to many as thoughts of global warming seem distant in the light of this weather. One could ask how could this be global warming? Or is it what some call global weirding? Weirding is when climate changes do crazy and unexpected twists–some places will be usually warm and others unusually cold?
We can only watch and pray as we see such weather causing traffic nightmares and emergency situations for many. Several deaths have been reported in the wake of eastern Europe’s strange weather.
Meanwhile, western Europe has experienced relatively mild weather this winter. However, Venice now has frozen canals. For locals, this is a strange occurrence to be sure. And what are we to think of this global weirding in the context of Christianity? I think we are seeing some of the strange weather patterns predicted in the bible and these are signs to watch, which should led us to pray more.