More than Just Snow

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Have you ever had one of those busy days where events were blocked out in hour to two hour segments all through the day? A day when you arranged meetings, appointments, and errands in such a way that they would all fit seamlessly into one day, in one beautifully smooth orchestration?

That was my day yesterday. I had lined up a weekly Bible study with Christian sisters I love, a friend’s birthday celebration lunch, a little job training, an early Valentine gift manicure, and a quick foray down the local Kroger aisles, all finishing just in time to fix our family dinner and whisk our son off to his after school activity, where I would check my email and do some reading.

I was the Great Organizer! The Mega Multi-Tasker! The In-Charge-and-Get-It-Done-Gal!

And then God added one more thing to the list–SNOW–and that changed everything.

School and after school activities were canceled. Group Bible study was canceled. Birthday lunch was postponed. While job training was on, the manicure seemed “iffy” and the Kroger trip would definitely be quick and slushy.

IMG_2864.jpgI humbly became the desk organizer. (Finally found that air conditioning company’s phone number!) I demoted myself to mini multi-tasker. (Walked outside in the snow to take some photos of the house and enjoyed a little visit with a neighbor out walking her spunky Corgi!-photo to the right.) And as far as being in charge and getting it done? Well, beginning with a frazzled internet connection, that position/description really got a much needed overhaul.

Who was I to think that I was the in-charge person?!? Are you having that humbling moment, too? Smoother days must’ve dulled my memory of Proverbs 16, verse 9:

“The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.”

I’d made a lot of plans, but the Lord set me on a new path. Ever had that happen, dear friend? What does your new path look like?

Today, my steps slow down. My eyes hesitate as they catch sight of snow-covered hemlocks and tiny flakes falling through the still air. My ears are lulled by the soft hum of the heating system and the light chirp of birds outside, delighted by the seeds in our neighbor’s feeders.

I remember Psalm 46:10:

“Be still and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations. I will be exalted in the earth!”

In the Hebrew, the word simply translated “God” is Elohim: that is God the Creator, mighty and strong, and plural trinity of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Spirit.

Let’s remember our God is God and exalt the one who makes us even “whiter than snow”! (Psalm 51:7)

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2 thoughts on “More than Just Snow

  1. You are so right, Ellen! I have had to learn to go with the flow more data than I care to admit. But, in this process have learned to let go and let God! He usually keeps me on my toes and slows me down just when I need it most! Thanks for the reminder!

    • Thank you, Bobbie Lynn–and “Amen” to your insight on letting go and letting God slow us down. Sometimes it’s in the midst of a marathon that we suddenly realize that!

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