I’m here in New York and we have finally gotten our share of the blizzard that the DMV–that’s D.C., Maryland and Virginia–has been getting for the past few weeks. As I look out the window and watch the snow go from slowly falling to rapidly being blown about in the wind, I think about what snow means to me.
Before we trod upon it with our feet and switch its colors from white to a muddied gray, it is a pure, clean, light, fluffy and fresh matter that we enjoy ourselves in. I still remember the first time my dad took me out in the snow with our sleigh and pulled me around the block until I could squeal with delight no more because my little body was frozen to its core.
We sing about the blood of Jesus making us clean, as white as snow when we sing, “Oh precious is the flow, that makes me white as snow. No other fount I know. Nothing but the blood of Jesus.”
In the Gospel of Matthew, when Jesus was resurrected, we read that, “His countenance was like lightning and his raiment was as white as snow.” Of all of mother nature’s torrents, snow, I believe, is one of her most beautiful creations. Unlike rain and sleet, hurricanes and earthquakes, snow brings with it a certain peace. Though the temptation is to be frustrated with the arrival of snow because it slows things down, we can be grateful because it DOES slow things down.
Cars move slower, trains move slower, buses move slower, people move slower, as each one of those entities has to be a bit more intentional about their movement as opposed to wastefully spending themselves on going fast for no good reason. For those of us who were fortunate enough to get the day or days off from work, let us look at this time not as wasted but as time to get back to the basics of enjoying ourselves and our families. It is rare when we have no other option but to be still and rest. Snow gives us that opportunity to renew ourselves. Sure, it’s daunting to think about how you will dig your car out of it all and how you will navigate the snow-packed streets, but let those cares worry about themselves and live in the moment of a snow day.
Watch your favorite movies, eat your favorite foods, read your favorite book, call your favorite people, sleep, cuddle…Do everything you wouldn’t have occasion to do on any other day. Enjoy and appreciate moments like these when stillness is not an optional, it’s a requirement.
Enjoy being still…Be still…