These gigantic snowballs are the product of recess at our local elementary school.
The snowballs are still sitting on the field over four weeks later. They haven’t grown any bigger because school has been mostly out—due to an unbelievably harsh winter we are having here.
Presently we have about 18″ of snow on the ground, with piles of snow 4′ tall next to driveways. New snow falls almost every day; some days it’s just flurries; other days we find ourselves shoveling twice a day. The build-up of snow on roofs has led to leaks where warm air escapes from our homes and melts the ice back down through heating vents and light fixtures.
But despite the folks saying this is the harshest, coldest and most snow-filled winter we have had since 1882, I love living here. There are still oodles of reasons to love life here:
Snow shoveling is great exercise; especially if you do it a couple of times a day.
Shoveling gets the neighborhood out. I’ve met neighbors I hadn’t met before and connected with others better. We have local “snow angels,” most notably right next door. Some days the dear angels have shoveled our sidewalk and part of our driveway before we even have our boots on. Now I strive to be a show angel to others.
Shoveling is a team sport as 5-6 people focus on one house together and then move on down the block to the next.
Life slows down. Sitting by the window with a cup of tea, watching gigantic floating snow feathers provides time to appreciate the beauty of the frozen world outside.
One of the best forms of entertainment ever is watching the puppydog explore that delightful white stuff.
Other parts of the world have a lot more snow than we have here, but sometimes I watch the snow falling onto the enormous piles we already have and wonder what Jesus has in mind.
The point is though: we can trust that Jesus does have something in mind.
Maybe it’s about getting people out of their homes and working together. Maybe it’s about slowing people down so they can appreciate beauty that exists amid the hardship. Maybe it’s about providing entertainment as we watch puppydogs and school kids enjoy the miracle of fluffy frozen water falling to the ground.
Whatever Jesus has in mind, we can trust Him whether He intends a hardship or whether He just wants us to find the joy amid it. One thing remains constant: when Jesus is at the center of life, it’s all good.
yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior (Habakuk 3:18 NIV)