Our friend quit his cabinet-making job and took employment on the east side of the mountains. He works with three Nicaraguans who come north to work a ranch for half the year, and together they brave the winters of eastern Montana.
Cold on the east side.
Watch the weather forecast for Cut Bank, where it’s usually the coldest place in the United States, and follow your finger just half an inch on the map to the right. That’s where the ranch is.
Not unusual for it to be 40 degrees below zero plus wind chill.
So I think of Carhartt work clothes and how my friend and the three Nicaraguans could never survive without that sturdy layer between them and Montana winter.
We need a hope like that.
Hope with the Carhartt brand that says: Outworking them all since 1889.
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you… (1 Peter 1:3-4 NIV)
Sometimes a day belongs on the Montana Hi-Line –bitter cold and 65-mile-an-hour winds all coming against you.
But our hope is a working hope.