Weather Lingo and God

Around our home, the first time the TV is turned on each day is for the evening news and weather, sometime around the dinner hour.

Some of the descriptive words used by our weather people have come to be a joke between my husband and me.

Screenshot, Milwaukie weather forecast, Bing

Weather Forecast via Bing

For example, have you ever noticed how often the words “partly” and “mostly” are used? What does it all mean? What is the difference between “partly” and “mostly,” depending on what weather event you’re describing?

The same goes for the percentage of rainfall likely to happen during a certain period: 40% chance of rain, 20% chance of rain, 90% chance of rain. Of course, this is irrelevant as we’re not getting rain at all.

If you look closely (apologies for poor image!), you can see starting Tuesday we’re “partly cloudy,” then “partly cloudy again,” and on Thursday “mostly cloudy.”

Definitely, there are some distinctions that can be drawn here but the other night husband and I were driving along the interstate in Portland, OR. We had the top down on our convertible, and it became clear that we were driving in and out of some partly cloudy, partly sunny, mostly cloudy, mostly sunny skies.

I looked over at my husband and giggling said, “Aren’t you glad God isn’t a ‘mostly’ or ‘partly’ kind of God?” He chuckled and agreed with me.

Ordinary things in our days are great reminders of how steady and sure God is in our lives. Once we accept Him, God is always faithful to watch over us, guide us, and love us.

Not at all like the weather which can be segregated into partly and mostly segments or percentages ranging from 0-100%.

God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. He is the same every hour of every day. Every minute of hour, and we go on ad infinitum.


Question: Knowing a God so steadfast and true, how can we go about becoming more like Him? Love to know what you’re thinking.

Linking up on Monday with:

Kelli Woodford at Unforced Rhythms

and on Wednesday with:

Holley Gerth at Coffee for Your Heart
Jennifer Dukes Lee at #TellHisStory


6 thoughts on “Weather Lingo and God

  1. How can we become more like him? Feasting on his Word, speaking it aloud, and for me sitting down at the piano and singing about His wonders, His majesty.

    I do want to comment on your TV viewing habits. Bravo to you for waiting until evening to switch on the tube. Somedays I don’t even turn the set on, and some days I over-indulge. Steven King has said that TV is poison to the imagination. Of course, he’s right.


    • I loved your ways of becoming more like him, one of which we share and that’s sitting at the piano with hymns and playing and singing about him. Of course, Bob and I have a morning devotion at breakfast and share our thoughts of God’s wondrous grace to us.

      Steven King is one to set us straight, isn’t he? Bob and I haven’t watched more TV than what we do now for at least a decade or more.

      Thanks for stopping in and chatting.


  2. As a weather nerd myself, I loved your reflections on the lingo used to communicate forecasts and such. Here’s to the God of the sun and the rain. The One who never leaves nor forsakes.
    Thanks for your contribution to Unforced Rhythms, friend.


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