If you live where I do, known by several names, among them Lake Country or the Northwoods, you may know what I mean by Little Sparkles. When it’s really cold as it is today, minus four degrees this morning, thankfully no wind, the snow becomes drier and it appears that someone shook glitter over it. If the sky is bright and blue sometimes it is so cold that the very air seems to sparkle, again like glitter, or like being in a real-life snow globe. Those are special moments partly because they come at a time when many of us are downright uncomfortable – we’re COLD!! Isn’t that just like our Father, to send us little sparkles of beauty to remind us that even in the midst of discomfort He’s with us, aware of our situation and urging us to look beyond our current circumstances.
I received Little Sparkles this morning in the nick of time. As I said already it’s cold here, “Too early,” said the neighboring farmer, “don’t bode well for the rest of the winter.” Why on earth was I outside talking to him? Because my truck needed to be warmed up before going to church and he happened to be in the barnyard (called the feedlot) that he rents from me and where he keeps pregnant cows. More on all that later. Anyway, didn’t want to go out, wasn’t in the mood for people, a little cranky, in fact, frustrated with other things, oh, and did I say cold? Okay, even encouragers have their moments – it’s what you do with them that counts.
But I’ve learned that when I don’t want to is probably the time I most need to head down the road to my church out here in the country, aptly named, Hope Community Church. So off I went, bundled in 4 layers plus my warmest coat, hat, boots, gloves, pre-warmed truck, I know how to do this. STAY TUNED….for Part Two.