Tuesday we received a foot of snow.
My husband, who is a Principal, had a “snow day,” as did one of our daughters, who works in a school. She was at our house by 8:00 a.m.
By 2:00 p.m. restaurants and businesses were closing their doors. By 3:00 all four of us were “home.” Though our daughters live in separate places in the same town, they somehow always seem to migrate to our house in the snow. I love having them near, knowing they are safe and warm.
Truth be told, one of our daughters was distraught from the moment she arrived. She went straight upstairs to the bedroom that was hers through all her growing up years. The few questions I asked were answered with one word. We left her alone and later, invited her back downstairs to join us for dinner. She spent a few minutes with us as a family and returned to her room. She spent the night.
As I turned into bed, I couldn’t help but think of my hurting girl in the next room. I thought about how she clearly must not understand how much we love her, how we wish we could help her through these times. We would have been happy to listen, to wrap our arms around her, to troubleshoot problems with her, to pray.
I told God I was thankful for the foot of snow and bitter cold that brings my girls close. I prayed that ours would be a home where they sense peace and love and maybe even a good dose of joy and hope. Though not entirely with us, this daughter had drawn near.
I thought of my own walk with the Lord. How often do I go near and yet, not actually enjoy His presence? How often do I try to figure it out myself, when He is as near as the mention of His name? How many times have I felt alone when He Himself has said that He will never leave me or forsake me? Do I really know how much He loves me?
It’s true that the messy and the bitter and the inconvenient circumstances of life are disheartening. Even in those times, we can close the door behind us, draw near to people who love us, and be safe. As I pray it for my daughters, I realize, I need to do the same. Come in out of the cold, draw near to the one who loves me more than I can fathom, rest and be nourished, gain health and strength and hope for another day. Repeat as needed.
Seeing New Value in Snow Days,