If you know me at all, you probably know that I’m not a snow person. I grew up in North Florida and lived in the South for more than half my life. I’ve lived in the Midwest and the North and I’ve never developed an affection for the stuff. The only kind of white Christmas I’ve ever found appealing was one near white sandy beaches.
But today I was driving in the countryside in Upstate New York after an early morning snowfall, on my way to an appointment. I rounded a corner and honest to Pete, what I saw had tears rolling down my cheeks in seconds. I crossed over a creek and it was one of the most perfect scenes I’ve ever witnessed. All the trees had a coat of light, fluffy snow on them. The rocks in the creek had a coat of snow on them, and the shoreline and the ground in the woods were covered in that same fluffy white snow. The contrast of the nearly black creek made it all the more stunning.
I was overwhelmed. I mean, truly humbled, awed and overcome by the beauty of that scene. Only God can create such splendor. And that’s what had me crying. God’s majesty, God’s power, God’s glory, God’s complete rule and love are all around us, every minute of every day. And He created something for everyone, didn’t He? Some of us love summer, some of us dream of fall foliage, some love rain, some love snow, some are mountain people, some prefer flat desert lands, some thrive in tropical climes… and isn’t it just like our great God to gift us with all of it?
I don’t love snow. I’m a tropics-loving Southern gal. But there is no denying that I had a momentary love for snow this morning. I couldn’t safely stop for a photo, but I will try to hold onto that scene in my memory for a long time to come. I’m glad I was paying attention, that I allowed myself to break out of my thoughts and my planning to really absorb what was before me.
It’s a busy time of year, when it’s easy to become overwhelmed with “to do” lists and stressed out over our schedules, finances, relationships, and all the “shoulds” in our heads. But I urge you to take a moment and notice the beauty all around you. Soak it in. It may help you to remember that you are small, your problems are small, today is short (as is your life here on Earth). Savor the scenes in the snow as you drive, the atmosphere of Christmas while you shop – the hustle and bustle, the music, the whole scene – and remember the reason for it all. Jesus.
Now for a cup of hot chocolate…