Saturday, February 7, 2009

Blessing for some, disaster for others...

When the ice storm hit a few weeks ago I was saddened by the destruction and chaos that followed for many families and businesses. However, one of the things I had prayed and hoped to see before moving to Florida was a beautiful snow storm. I love the snow! It brings back sweet childhood memories of me, my sister, dad, and cousins playing in Emma, Kentucky. It brings anticipation of outdoor play to children who would otherwise be playing indoors. It brings light to a mostly gray winter day. It makes the world seem as if it's quiet and peaceful. It makes your home even more cozy, warm, and inviting. It makes the dead trees, plants, and grass look alive again. It is a beautiful picture of the purity and righteousness that God provides through Jesus Christ.

The snow brought much light to my current situation and the way God chooses to answers prayers. In this case what was a blessing for me was a disaster for many. It reminded me of a blog I posted on myspace in January 2007 during a stressful time in my life (read the post below)

"Thursday, January 25, 2007
Rushing Snow

It has been a long two weeks for me and last night I was so tired I could barely hold my eyes open. Work has been extremely busy, so I have been staying till 8 pm three nights per week. In order to go skiing this weekend, I worked from 8 to 8 on Monday, 9-8 on Tuesday, and 8-8 today. To say the very least I am tired, overwhelmed, fatigued, and stressed.

This morning all of those feelings escalated and I began to feel anxious about my work day. I had woke up late, so I rushed to take a shower, then when I was dressed I spilled makeup on my shirt. I continued to rush around, before realizing it was 6:50 and I still had 24 patient progress notes to write from yesterday. I rushed down stairs to pack my lunch and fix breakfast, when I noticed a card poking out from my Bible. When I opened the card it brought tears to my eyes, tears of relief, tears of joy and tears of thankfulness. You see my roommate and I had a great talk on Sunday evening. One of those talks that you dread having, but once you do you know God had ordained every moment. He simply thanked me for our conversation. At that moment, all of the stress and anxiety faded and I simply said, "God, this is what life is about. To influence and love others."

I tucked the card away and went outside to start my car. When I opened the door I smiled from ear to ear at God's beautiful surprise. There are passages all throughout the Bible that say all creation sings Gods praise. Today I could hear it in the silence of the early morning as snowflakes fell upon my face. I walked out into the yard, looked up toward Heaven, lifted my hands, and praised my Father for refreshing my soul and giving me peace through the snow.

God is always there sometimes we just have to be silent and slow down long enough to hear all of creation singing His praises.

Thank you God for Your faithfulness and wonder."

1 comment:

agcoats said...

Thanks for sharing. I also need to be reminded to be silent in order to hear God, because He is always there.
The pictures of the snow are beautiful. I'm so glad you got to have one last snow (at least) before moving to FL. Speaking of Florida...did you see the game last night. GO C-A-T-S!!!
It was so great to see you the other day. Miss ya already!