Praying for a Snowstorm
Today I am secretly praying for a snow storm. It’s currently 68 degrees. I’m dressed in shorts, sandals, and a Hawaiian shirt! After a truly wimpy winter without a white Christmas, less than 2 inches of snow all season and the ground looking particularly non-descript and lifeless, I’m crying out to God: “Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!!” There is something bewildering about 68-degree weather in late February. Yes it’s nice, but it’s, it’s, it’s….unnatural. It’s a tease! Winter is just waiting for us to relax a little bit, get out our tee shirts and grills and let our guard down. Then she’s going to catch us, weak and wimpy, with all our pores open and our knees bear and whamo! 26 below zero.
Today I am secretly praying for a snow storm. Despite all the work of it, despite all the inconvenience, I miss the snow this winter. The soft white blanket that transforms our world into a wonderland, that sets the blood of Iowegians pumping harder, faster, tougher, stronger. Yes, I miss the snow that makes us slow down a bit and pay attention to our surroundings, that gives the acts of God just a moment of consideration before we whiz off to our routinely hurried and harried lives.
Today I am secretly praying for a snow storm. It’s amazing what 18-24 inches of snow can do. Schools close, cars stay in garages, sleds come out, snow forts are built, parents become kids again, fires are kindled, families talk to each other, games are played, snuggling ensues, and hot chocolate is the drink of the day—with marshmallows! And generally, the world manages to go on without the benefit of our labor. A snow day is a grace day, one of the precious few times when a holiday just happens—without preparation or expectations to ruin it. A snow day is permission to relax and take life down a couple notches.
Of course, we don’t have to wait for a snow storm. We could just believe the Good News instead:
For God so loved you that He gave his only Son, so that believing in Him, you would not perish, but have eternal life –John 3:16
(PNW Version). Slow down a minute and let that soak in: Your value doesn’t depend on how many hours you clock in. So give yourself a blessed break! Be good to yourself and to the ones you love. Don’t wait for the snow storm Sabbath—it may never come this weird winter! But with the love of God in Christ, who needs snow?! Besides, you don’t have to shovel the Gospel!!
Grace & Peace,