It snowed here in Charlotte!
For us it was a BIG snow, we got 9 inches over 3 days... the last time that Charlotte got 3 days in a row of snow was in 1902! For those of you who do not know me well, let me fill you in: I love snow! I mean love it in a giddy school girl kind of way. The moment the weatherman even hints at wintery mixes I start dreaming of snowmen, sledding, snow cream, reading books, cuddling up by the fire etc. etc.
Then if it actually starts snowing the perma-grin appears. I have to massage my cheeks for weeks afterward. I love the sheer beauty of a winter wonderland, and the enchantment of flakes dancing gently down the sky. And of course one of the best parts of snow (in the South that is — and if you get to keep your power) is that the world comes to a halt. Everything is put on hold, no one goes to work, because you can't. You get the gift of being together with no interruptions.
Job 37: 5-7 says:
"God’s voice thunders in marvelous ways; he does great things beyond our understanding. He says to the snow, ‘Fall on the earth,’ and to the rain shower, ‘Be a mighty downpour.’ So that everyone he has made may know his work, he stops all people from their labor."
Reading this verse, my first thought is how thankful I am that I know a God that makes precipitation in infinitely creative forms and can stop us from our labor. But then I wonder how I can turn my delight from the gift to the giver. I'm over the moon for the snow, but am I ever so filled with joy over Christ that my face hurts? Do I chase after God, like a child trying to catch snowflakes on their tongue? Do I dream in anticipation of His return? I want that!
I think these moments are a call... God is whispering to us. He says, "You know me, now marvel at me... You see what I can do, now dare to dream bigger, because I can do that too... and more!"
With His majesty around us, how can we not help but to shake the sleep of everyday from our eyes, and become giddy over who God is. The gift isn't the snow, the gift is the pause and the fresh view that allows us to see Him at work all around us.