by Linda Veath Cox

And yet again, snow is falling. Not the one or two inches predicted. More like five or six. We were over our “average snow fall” for the year at least three snows ago. Cancellations are looming once again. People are bluntly expressing how tired they are of the snow. They are even more tired of not being able to GO places or DO things. And we aren’t alone. Much of the U.S. has been hammered this year.

Hmmm. Do you think God might be trying to tell us something? I’d thought that when many of the concerts, bazaars, and parties were canceled prior to Christmas because of snow. And I continue to wonder now, with all the cancellations we’ve faced in January and February.

Today’s world is fast-paced, ruled by drive-through banking and fast food, instant access, and activities galore. It seems we don’t know what to do with ourselves when these are suddenly brought to a skidding halt.

There can be challenges, even danger, in being stranded along the highway, having no electricity or heat, missing work resulting in a reduced paycheck. But, many opportunities are also waiting for us—if we just look for them. The beauty of the snow. Spending time in our homes. Reading a book. Playing an old fashioned board game. Baking cookies. Studying our Bibles. Even praying AND listening to God.

No doubt we’ll celebrate when the snow leaves and we can GO places and DO things again. But maybe we will do so with a new appreciation for slowing down and enjoying the simple things in life. Including knowing God and His Son Jesus Christ better.

I can’t help but wonder if that’s our lesson this winter, brought to us compliments of God.