Record-breaking

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Yesterday where I live we broke the record for snow on that day in our history. It was a lot of snow in a short amount of time. But, the day after made for some beautiful pictures. When the storm is the worst and it doesn’t seem like it will ever stop, be reassured that the end is near and beauty and hope will be there on the other side.

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Soul on Fire

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My car's radio set to K-Love

This morning, driving in to work, the sunrise over the trees was in the rearview mirror as I drove westward. It was a blaze as it rose and burned into the early morning winter sky. The temperature was about 6 degrees. The roads were clear. It was cold, but not bone-chillingly so. It was good ride in to the office.

The reason for this was not just the weather, though. It was how the weather made me feel. I felt GOOD. I was singing (badly, I’m sure :-)) to the positive and encouraging tunes on the radio from K-Love as I drove. I was at peace with the world. And it was because I’ve opened my heart to Jesus and given my life over to God. It is such an awesome feeling.

Now, I also know that God will take me through valleys. Yet, through His strength I will make it through. That thought, in and of itself, is the most peace-inducing thought I’ve had in a very long time. Before, I would have been ashamed to talk about my faith. I wasn’t a believer. I hadn’t opened my heart. I didn’t understand.

That was then. This is now.

I’m at peace because I know the Big Man Upstairs has it. I know I can lift my concerns up to Him and He will listen. I know I experience joys and blessings in life because of Him and I thank Him for them.

These lyrics from Third Day’s song Soul on Fire capture it best:

Lord, restore the joy I had
And I have wandered bring me back
In this darkness, lead me through
Until all I see is You

Thank you God.

Amen.

Be in and of the world

wpid-img_20150203_102555.jpgYou may have heard on the news that there is a named snow storm (#jonas) that is going to hit all up and down the east coast this weekend. Snow storms of this forecasted magnitude, especially for areas that are not traditionally used to getting so much snow at once, can be very dangerous. There can be no doubt about this fact. I am praying that everyone that will be affected by this storm will survive with little or no damage.

However, the impending storm, and the flurries we’ve gotten around my home region today have caused me to really think about the anger we often have toward “Old Man Winter.”

Instead of being upset and cursing the cold, snowy weather, why not pause and breathe it in. Go out and stand in the snowflakes as they fall. Marvel at the simple beauty they present. The cold air is refreshing. Take in the winter smells and noises. If you are able to look out at the trees, examine and revel in how the snow coats the branches and changes the scenery.

In other words, be in and of the world around us. Slow down. Reconnect with the natural part of the world, even for just a few minutes. Relish how nature works, it’s beauty and power. Many people may feel that being a part of this glorious world is depressing because they view themselves as just a cog. Contrary to this view, we are integral to the world around us. We take it in. We share it. We are a part of it and that is something wonderfully positive to think about.