That God can help you fix your coffee maker? Help you find your car keys? Get you a parking space close to the front door in a busy parking lot? Send a snowstorm when we need a “time-out” or a day off?
Yes He can.
Wednesday morning by 9:30 I had had a meltdown at work. Too much coming at me fast! I was officially on overload… feeling very overwhelmed. I felt like I was trying to drink from a fire hose…morning meeting, responsibility at two offices, scheduling conflicts, appointments, learning curve, waning confidence, frustration and confusion…for me it was a lot; especially if you factor in the holidays. I needed a “guilt free” break and God sent a blizzard…a major snowstorm just for me because that’s how He operates and He knew that’s what it would take.
My “childlike” faith allows me to view circumstances this way…just like my granddaughter who was born on New Year’s Day. She believes that the party in Times Square is to celebrate her birthday…that along with the cake and sparkling grape juice that her family shares every year when the clock strikes midnight. It has become their birthday family tradition.
Snowstorms give you permission to settle in…to “hunker” down…to yield to the beauty all around us. One of my fondest snowstorm memories is from years ago when we were living in a farmhouse in the middle of a cornfield in the country. We had a copy of the movie “Little Women” and we watched it. It was the perfect movie for that day and I still think of it every time it snows.
It makes me sad when others view snow as an inconvenience and not the beautiful gift that it is. The “old timers” used to say that we needed a good snow every winter to cleanse the germs and impurities from the air. Snow is a reminder to me that there is something greater than we are out there; that we need to slow down, refocus and just receive and enjoy the gift.
I was one of the fortunate ones in that I had a roof over my head that didn’t leak, food in my cupboard, warmth and electricity. It was a great day for napping, watching movies, engaging on social media and doing a few home projects including figuring out how to use my new Keurig adapter. There were many people who were not so fortunate however. That’s when I see God’s grace and mercy at work in my life and I realize how blessed I am in spite of my complaining.
Even though yesterday was a peaceful respite from my busy day to day, I would be lying to you if I didn’t admit that by last night I was very tempted to brave the elements and walk to the corner store for chocolate; especially after my neighbor posted a tray of fresh baked cookies on Facebook…ha-ha!