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?
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Snow, Rain, and Tears

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With all the SNOW in the mid-Atlantic and Northeast areas, I am thankful for the gentle rain that’s been falling here.

In fact, I love days when it rains all day. The drops glistening on the branches. The sky a downy gray that’s like a comforter on the sky. The misty distance that is a visual reminder to “Be still” and submit to God’s sovereignty.

What do you do on rainy days? Jump in puddles? Carry a bright umbrella? Or are you making a dash to the door, the mail held up over your head?

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First Day of Spring ?

Today is the first day of spring, and this was the view out my window–not exactly “spring-like” according to my definition:

IMG_2023I would have a light, bright blue sky dotted with fluffy, white clouds. Robins would be hunting worms in the yard and sparrows would be singing in the trees. Crocuses would be blooming and the forsythia would be just about to  burst out in a mass of yellow. The sky would be a light, bright blue dotted with  fluffy, white clouds. But–uh oh!–I forgot–

I’m not in charge! (Ever done that?! Please say yes!) Situations–my life–might not be as I would make or prefer, but my perspective is earthly and flawed; my vision is limited. I may want blue skies when snow if falling, totally unaware of some greater need or reason.

So, enough of my imperfect and flawed plans. “This is the day the LORD has made,” we read in Psalm 118:24.  “Let us rejoice and be glad in it!”

I may be wearing flannel-lined jeans and a wool sweater, but I will rejoice in this first day of spring the Lord has made for this year. I will paint my toenails robins’ egg blue. I will put a new bar of soap at my kitchen sink:  cucumber and lemon grass. I will have a salad of tender lettuce leaves and a cup of tomato soup for lunch. Then I will curl up on the sofa under a cozy blanket and watch the snow continue to fall, and I will remember that the LORD is the great Creator. What better way to begin the birth of a new spring than with a fresh wash of pure white. “Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.” (Psalm 51:7) Let’s rejoice, and be glad in this day the LORD has made!

 

Snow Essentials

It’s been a great day here. How has yours been so far?

I’m sitting here at my laptop looking out the window on a frozen world. White snow is on the ground and on the roof of each nearby house. White clouds cover the sky. We even have a white car in the driveway. The outside temp is a low 31 degrees and more snow is predicted. That’s a lot of frozen.

So what do I want? Mittens? Ice melt? Bread and milk? No, I want CHOCOLATE!! The dark, moist chocolate cake kind of chocolate with that buttery, smooth chocolate icing on top. The kind your fork goes into with the least amount of resistance and that one bite is enough to send you into a melting swoon, eyes closed, and smiling.

Sadly, my last grocery list was a healthy and cost-conscious one, concentrating more on necessities like bread, milk, yogurt, chicken, fruit, vegetables, and dog food than sweet tooth cravings. Pitiful, right?

But what do I have… Let’s look in the cupboard: no chocolate chips, no semi-sweet baking chocolate, and not enough cocoa to make a homemade version. On to the refrigerator and freezer: no chocolate syrup and no chocolate ice cream. Now it’s to the pantry: no boxed chocolate cake mix, but wait–there on the third shelf, hidden between a bag of pecans and some dried apricots, is an unopened bag of CHOCOLATE-covered cranberries!

I like chocolate covered cranberries. They’re not chocolate cake, but I’m going to embrace and appreciate every one of those sour little cranberries blanketed in semi-sweet chocolate all the same.

Sometimes my life is like that, too. I may want chocolate cake, but all I may have in front of me is chocolate covered cranberries. I may want the smooth commute, but I have traffic. I may want something new or different, but I have what I have–and, though I may not realize it immediately, it’s just fine. My eyes close and I smile.

All I really need is Jesus Christ.

“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”   Galatians 2:20

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