I have always loved snow. I don’t know if it is because I grew up without it
or because I love the idea of everything shutting down for the day but, whatever the reason, my heart skips a beat when I look out the window and see the first flurries of white flakes and witness them sticking to the ground, gradually covering the grass and turning green to white.
Since Christmas my family has been suffering from a nasty cold. Since Caleb has been sick I’ve been hesitant to put him in the church nursery so this past Sunday he and I stayed home while Pastor daddy still had to go to work. The morning went as it usually does – we played, Caleb took a nap, we had an early lunch. It was mundane and boring and I grew a little resentful that I had to be stuck at home with my almost better little man.
As we finished our lunch I looked out the window to see a few gentle flakes falling from the sky. My heart skipped a beat and I silently wished for it to stick. Living in the western side of Washington isn’t a positive thing when wishing for snow. We get plenty and plenty of rain but snow is rare. Sure enough, though, within about ten minutes the snow was covering the ground in a beautiful blanket of white.
Caleb has never seen snow before and he was in awe. Without prompting he crawled to the window and stared out, fascinated by the scene he was witnessing. He had never touched snow and didn’t know a thing about it but his eyes still sparkled as if he knew that what he was seeing was something special.
Quickly I got both of us dressed for the occasion. We headed outside and laughed together as snow hit our heads. I let Caleb crawl around, stick his fingers in the white goodness, and get soaked until he decided he was done and we headed back in to warm up.
Why is it that I so often forget to find the joy in the little things? Why is it that I forget to celebrate and thank the Lord for His wonders in nature? Why is it that the Glory of the Lord all too often becomes something that’s mundane and no longer awe inspiring?
I need to get back to having the wonder of a child. I need to witness the things I see over and over with fresh eyes – the eyes of a child. I need to focus on the gifts that the Lord gives me every day instead of the monotony of life and celebrate them! I need to view my days the way I view snow – full of joy and wonder – and not the way I view rain – full of drudgery and lethargy.
My son and the snow day make a great team in getting my thoughts back on track!
How do you feel about snow?
Are there any aspects in your life that you need to re-embrace the wonder of?
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