SNOW, SNOW AND MORE SNOW... It is the topic wherever you go. Some are afraid that roofs will collapse and others are finding it difficult to find a place to put it...but whatever, we all have to deal with it, if we like it or not. Made me start thinking and I share some thoughts with you.
First, we have little or no control of nature. Some love the snow and some hate it, but none of us can turn it off or turn it on... Nature is beyond our control and only in the working of the One who created the heavens and the earth. He is still in control, though some doubt that, but I believe that He still works His will in the earth and in the acceptance or rejection of mankind. The power and force of the working of God is far beyond anything man can even fathom. It comes in the tragic events of hurricanes and earthquakes, all in the result of creation and the working of nature. If we could control the Gulf Stream we could keep the cold air in Canada or Alaska, but the movement of the Gulf Stream does not depend upon us. The only thing we can do about the weather is to grumble about it or accept it. Some stand in awe at the beauty of the snow and others only see it as another task to move and remove. However we view it, we do not control it!
Secondly, I am amazed when I see all the snow in my back yard and on the roof of my house and begin to try to fathom the miracle that surrounds me. No Two Snowflakes Alike... each one is different in its own beauty and construction! I find that hard to believe when I realize that ten inches of snow is formed by each individual snow flake... I hear the words of God in the promise to Abraham..."your descendants will be like the stars in the heavens as you try to count them." Or the words of David, " Your blessings are so many Lord, like the sand on the seashore, I cannot number them." Fitting that we stand in the midst of the snow and thank God for the beauty of His blessings, like the beauty of the snowflake, and try to number them in the billions that fall upon the earth to blanket our surroundings. Take a piece of dark cloth, blue or black, and go out when it snows again. Catch a few flakes on your cloth and stand in awe at the working of God in the snowflake's beauty and form... then multiply that to represent the blessings of God in our life. Snow takes on a different meaning then.
What you and I may not like in the winter is God's way of refreshing and replenishing the earth as He blankets creation with the nourishment of all that is in the snow. Farmers wait for it to put nitrogen back into the earth---trees and plants go into dormant stages to be replenished in the spring by the water and nutrients of the snow--some animals hibernate for the duration of winter, sleeping for months to find the joy and wonder of spring when it comes. Makes me think about man being the pinnacle of creation when we do not know enough to go south like the birds or hibernate like the woodchuck, bear and chipmunk. Maybe they know something we don't... Winter should slow us down and refresh us at the same time so we can rejoice at the coming of spring and the new life waiting beneath the blanket of snow. I promise you, spring will come and the days of winter will fade away as the days get longer with the rotation of the sun...it will come!
So, for now enjoy the winter. If the snow bothers you, hunker down and take the time to read a good book or finish that knitting or other hobby that seems to get passed by when the seasons change. It can be a time of refreshment and accomplishment if we don't let winter GET US DOWN. Watch it change your world before your eyes and then thank God for the blessings that come, even in the winter!!