More snow? Really?

                                                                      – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Did you wake up this morning and almost cry when you saw the snow on the ground?  Did you promise to move away from Illinois by next year?  Did you wonder if our weather systems will ever be the same?  Or did you just slouch your head in disgust?   Yes, most of us are wondering where Spring is.  We were teased by the warmth the other day only to find our sidewalks covered once again, our windshield wipers stuck to the windows and the need to drag out our winter coats once again.  Arrrggghhhh!

I was having similar thoughts.  Even though I am moving and so am not planting my garden as diligently as I would in years past, I still have the urges to be outside, grill a few burgers, see the Spring flowers emerge and breathe in the fresh air of a new season.  Then on my way out the door I heard a few kids laughing and running, sliding and trying to make snowballs.  They were reveling in the snow.  They took what was to me a big bother and turned it into wonder and joy.  One child leaned back his head to catch a few flakes.  Another made a snow angel.  As I watched them I was thrust back in time to when something that now is a bother was a big fun event.  The nuisance of snow for me was a playground for me in the past.  So, I leaned back my head and caught a few of the large flakes this morning and they were delicious.  As they melted on my tongue I gave thanks to God for the moment and for the laughter of the children.  I still wasn’t happy about wiping off my car, but I am choosing this day to live in joy, the joy of the Lord.