As a kid growing up in the south, I am pretty sure I heard the expression “Alberta clipper” a few times, but it obviously didn’t mean a whole lot and didn’t make much of an impression. Now that I reside in North Dakota, the phrase means a whole lot more. Complete interruption of routines, a really nice blast of arctic chill and so forth are the inevitable result of that phrase being used by one of our nearby weatherpersons. Tonight it is 16 degrees or so, which is the warmest we have been in a while, but that is all about to change. The clipper is due tonight and our high for tomorrow will probably be whatever temp we fall to right after midnight. These are like so many other storms that nature dishes out. You can’t prevent it and avoidance would be an overreaction, so it is best to just hunker down and wait it out.
In a way, life can be like that as well. Sometimes we can see the storms of life coming and we know the pain and heartache that will come, but the only thing to do is to batten down the hatches and ride it out. As a believer, I am thankful that I have a firm anchor for lifes storms. Now, I just gotta turn on that bathroom heater upstairs so the pipes don’t freeze this time.