|Photo by Pam Williams|
Over 20 inches of snow in less than 24 hours! Life in our area ground to a halt overnight. That much snow in so short a time is overwhelming, and yet—beautiful beyond measure.
For me, the weather event offers a rare opportunity to slow down, breath deep, and enjoy the quiet. Sipping a cup of steaming tea while gazing out the sliding glass doors at the pristine landscape developing before our eyes; watching the birds flock to our porch for sunflower seeds, imprinting the surface of the snow with their tiny little tracks; and working together with my husband on a jigsaw puzzle that creates a lovely picture from a handful of misshapen pieces—all gifts from God that would go unappreciated except for the down-time brought on by the blizzard of ‘17.
For others, the thick blanket of white transforms an ordinary hill or a common backyard into a chance for amusement that rivals Disney with all its wonder. I love what my sister wrote on Facebook, “Had a great day today. It's the simple things in life that mean the most. Our [family] enjoyed sledding and riding Pappy's four-wheeler. We had alot of fun and the kids giggled and played together. So very thankful for our family. Joe and I both agreed tonight that it's not the expensive things in life that matter. It's who you spend even the simple, down-to-earth times with that means the most. We are so glad our families are close and so glad we have each other! Thank you, Jesus, for each one of them!”
Not everyone appreciated Winter Storm Stella. My friend loves all things sunshiny and said of Stella, “Stupid snow.”
I shared with him my philosophy on things that happen that I wish hadn’t—This too, shall pass. “Don't be discouraged. Just think, next week the snow will all be gone. And next month you will be able to get your jeep out!”
For some, like my friend, the godsends of a snowstorm don’t start till it ends.
We’ve all lived through weather events that impacted our lives in out-of-the-ordinary ways. How did you spend your time? What blessings did God blanket you with because of it?
©2017 Pamela D. Williams