It’s nearly 1:00 in the afternoon, and I’m still in my pajamas. The folks in my part of the world awoke to a layer of ice and drifting snow this morning. Our church was included in the very long list of those who cancelled services this morning so that their congregants could remain in the warmth and safety of their homes rather than venture out in the frigid weather.
Have you noticed how very quiet it becomes whenever snow covers the ground? The traffic which usually flows non-stop down our street is almost non-existent. And the giant oaks which line our streets enclose our neighborhood, putting a halt to the noise-carrying winds that swirl around us.
Although the abnormal amount of snow this winter is beginning to wear us down, I’ve decided to consider today’s weather a gift from God. Somehow, He has to slow us down occasionally. And I believe He needs to do that even on a Sunday sometimes. How many of us actually spend Sunday as our day of rest? Endless church activities, grocery shopping, yard work, chores, shopping, and many other things keep us from honoring the day He set aside for us to recover spiritually and physically from the previous week’s endless busyness.
I wonder how many people still got out today in spite of the icy streets. How unfortunate for them to miss out on the opportunity to cuddle up on the couch with a favorite quilt and look out the window at the dusting of winter’s “sugar” over everything.
Psalm 46:10 is brought to my heart every time we have snow:
He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”
Rejoice in your “snow days”, and recognize them for what they are, a gift from The One who loves you.