- If you live in the Northern hemisphere, every year you will notice that the seasons come with predictability.
- Here in East Africa, the seasons are less defined, and we generally have a cold season, a rainy season and a hot, dry season.
- We also have a general indication of when these seasons come about.
It rained cats and dogs last week. It caught me off guard. I had left my umbrella at home and I had to take shelter in a nearby building I had walked to.
I was not alone. Many others huddled beside me, waiting. Some cursed the unpredictable weather. Others were happy that they had some shelter.
One said that we ought to be grateful for the rain because it meant that water rationing and drought was over.
On my part, I cursed because I was surely going to be late for an appointment. All because I had not been prepared.
It seemed that there was going to be no letting up, and so I called the people I was meeting to tell them about the hold-up. Meanwhile, the heavens poured rain like it would never rain again.
Fortunately, after half an hour of waiting, the rain begun to ease into a consistent drizzle. Suddenly, someone I knew appeared with an umbrella.
Excited to see her, I asked if she could walk with me to my car. She was happy to do so.
As I drove off, I thought about that episode. Wasn’t life like that? Didn’t it sometimes catch us unawares? Yet there was a lesson here. It was this. Life is full of constant, predictable and unpredictable change.
There is not much we can do about unpredictable change, like an unexpected rain shower in the middle of the hottest season of the year, or a sudden earthquake. No-one sees these things coming. However, much of life has predictable change. That’s why city hawkers begin to sell umbrellas in the rainy season and bottled water in the hot season. They know it is coming and they prepare to make money off the misfortune of those who are caught unawares.