|START HERE WHEN SEEKING JOY|
My Bible almost automatically opens to these pages. Psalm 51. When i'm in need of joy, I come here.
One of the first verses I ever remember hearing, long before I asked the Lord to cleanse my soul, was from verse seven...wash me and I'll be whiter than snow.
Is it any reason I love the symbolic first snow fall? The beauty. The magic. The cleansing. And, for all of us sinus suffers, sometimes even a big of relief from the fall allergens.
As I was watching the snow fall from my kitchen window this morning, I had instrumental music playing in the other room. The song, "Open the Eyes of My Heart" came on. I realized how many of us "grown ups" automatically shut down the eyes of our heart when that snow falls. The moods become grumpy, full of complaints. Our childlike wonder goes away, just because God is doing something new.
In NW PA, I know the excuses are most likely validated. Yes, we usually endure anywhere from 5 to 7 months of snow, cold, miserable weather. Yes, traveling will be slow. There will be water main breaks from here on out. Pipes will freeze. People will fall. Propane and natural gas prices will rise, and it will take twenty extra minutes to even get out the door with the children.
I'll be the first to admit that by March, sometimes even February, I'm ready for the snow to be gone. But, I'm committing myself this year to finding wonder in this season, hope in the newly fallen snow, and an excuse to stay inside, clean, read, relax, and of course write. Embrace this season. Let God open the eyes of your heart to the beauty and truth in what is happening all around you.
So, if you have found yourself grumbling in your heart about the snow, or even outloud, open your Bible to Psalm 51. (If you don't have a Bible, let me know, and I'll get you one!). Let God sink some joy into that heart of yours. Then, put on a pot of soup, and invite a friend over for dinner. God is good. Even when it's snowing. Let me rephrase that. God is good...ESPECIALLY when it's snowing.