Friday, December 19, 2008

Snow Reflections

We've had quite the winter weather conditions here this past week. Snow, snow and freezing road conditions. I love the snow, but haven't been out in it much, except to feed the birds. I don't have the 'gear' for it anymore. Snow comes so seldom here.
I've been watching my grown boys though. The snow hasn't stopped them! They're out driving in it like its always been there - I remember doing that at their age. I had to get to 'my events'! Today one of them gathered a bunch of friends and they are out 'having fun' in the snow (his version is 'doing donuts' with his truck!)
Anymore, I'm afraid of the ice. I don't like the feel of it under my feet and I certainly don't like the feel of the ground if I hit it with any part of my body!
What I have enjoyed is the way snow seems to slow life down. A lot of events are cancelled, travel limited or stopped. Its a quick exercise in "What's a real priority"?
Since childhood, I've loved the 'hush' that a blanket of snow brings with it. It makes me want to tip-toe outside - not wanting to disturb anything. There's a sense that everything is resting - and it is - and it moves my heart into that same place. I am more prone to sit and meditate at any time of the day or evening - when there is snow outside. For some reason, I don't feel guilty for sitting down in the winter.
"Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls." Matthew 11:28-29
"The apostles returned to Jesus from their ministry tour and told him all they had done and taught. Then Jesus said, “Let’s go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile.” He said this because there were so many people coming and going that Jesus and his apostles didn’t even have time to eat." Mark 6:30-32
Seasons of resting are obviously part of God's design for His creation. Being aware of the availability, the need and the benefits of rest should move us toward taking time to rest more often!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

"A lot of events are cancelled, travel limited or stopped. Its a quick exercise in 'What's a real priority'?"

I always enjoy times like that! :)