I’ve lost track of what day it is. I’ve lived in the same pajamas for about a week. I’ve baked and read and painted and read and then I baked some more. I think I cleaned some things too. Surprisingly, when you aren’t “working” there isn’t much desire for a nap, so I’ve been conscious through much of this recent Southern Arctic Event. It also may have a lot to do with the fact I’ve been getting at least eight glorious hours of sleep each night for a week.
I checked on a lot of my friends yesterday. Cabin fever can be brutal, especially when you have preschoolers in the cabin with you. Fortunately, I think we will all see the other side of this…one day.
Until then, I’ll be reflecting on a Bible verse one of my friends shared with me while I was making sure she wasn’t trying to sell her children to the next neighbor sledding down her street. When she sent it she said, “In Job of all places!” I agreed and marveled how God can use any part of His word to encourage and teach us.
“He directs the snow to fall on the earth
and tells the rain to pour down.
Then everyone stops working
so they can watch his power.” Job 37: 6-7
Winter has never been my favorite season. If you know me, you know that. There are several reasons I don’t like Winter. One reason is I struggle with seasonal depression and I tend to get lost in a bit of darkness about now. Another reason is that the cold really does bother me anyway. I could never play Elsa.
He always seems to find ways to safely bring me through to Spring. He whispers to me through friends who share His word while we are iced in.
He’s in control of the tiniest and most unique snowflakes. He’s gentle enough to guide them and tell them where to fall. Yet, He’s powerful enough that His creation stops working to marvel at the snowstorm.
Have you ever stopped to think how God orchestrated your unexpected week off so you could just pause and marvel at who He is? He’s the giver of your cozy home, your gleeful children and your hot cup of coffee. He’s in the middle of your epic cardboard sled ride down the neighborhood hill and new friendships formed by actually meeting your neighbors. He’s handling all the work that’s left on your desk at the office and making a way for all of it to get done when you can safely return. You don’t have to do anything. He’s in control of it all.
Just rest these next few days. Bask in the truth that the One who directs the snow is handling everything He put on pause for you to make some sweet memories of cold walks, living room forts, and fireside movies.
Oh, and check on your friends. They may end up being the ones to encourage you!