We have reached that time already with snow fall. When the first snow falls, we huddle up in our homes, light a fire in the fireplace, and enjoy the snow cover the earth. We look out the window and see how everything catches the snow in its own way transforming what may normally go unnoticed into delight. Every tree stands in sparkling glory, every bush donned a glimmering garment, and every fence post wears a sparkling crown.
But now the news about the “snowstorm of the century” is not about the spotless splendor of God’s creation. It is about inconvenience and sludge. We no longer see images of families sledding down the hill. The images are of wrecks, snowplows throwing cinder littered snow on the side of the road, and travelers stranded in airports. I think about this “snow blindness” and wonder its cause, although I admit being guilty of having the same emotions about snow and its inconvenience after the first few winter blankets.
I acknowledge that at times I am also guilty of “snow blindness” at work and in my relationships. Something new happens, and I look at the inconvenience and extra effort that it requires, rather than the opportunity to see something in a new a different way. I give way to fear or anxiety, instead of calming and waiting to see what will happen next. When life “snows” I need to heed the same advise I give when nature snows. Slow down, enjoy, and be patient. When God sends us “snow” we can choose to see the glory and beauty of all it touches, or we can choose to see its inconvenience. We have a choice.
Your Friend, Webb
Editor’s Note: If you missed it go to Tom’s comment on yesterday’s post and enjoy. W.