There was a time when the words Snow Day brought a great deal of excitement. An unexpected gift, a free day, no school, put on your snow-pants – remember those? – and head outside to make snow angels, a snowman or just play in the snow. Funny how things change as we get older …..
When my children were in school, Snow Day took on a different meaning – more of a Now What? kind of meaning. Now I was encouraging my girls to get out and play or ice-skate in the backyard, then come in to a roaring fire and hot chocolate. Dry the wet clothes, shovel off the deck and front sidewalk, haul in the wood and build the fire, make that hot chocolate, a bit more work than being the kid.
These days the meaning is a bit different. Out in the country, on my own, no ice rink in the back yard right now,(though that will change as the Homestead project evolves), while undoubtedly beautiful, getting this much snow means a fair amount of work. The mere process of getting dressed to head out there takes several minutes. Then there’s the inevitable mess – wet boots and wet dogs need to be cleaned up after, puddles on the floor, scarves and coat snow-covered and dripping from getting hit with the snow you’re trying to blow away.
And today’s point? There could be several, but I’ll go back to the concept of “perception is reality,” talked about in a previous post. My perception tonight is much different than it was at noon when I had an hour to move enough snow for a student to get in the door. When I was out just a little while ago with my dogs everything is white and beautiful. My perception at this point in life is much different than when I was a child in snow-pants. The group I facilitate, Celebrate Recovery, uses a song called White as Snow (words and music by Leon Olguin), and it’s a wonderful song. My perception these days being much different than when I was young, I so appreciate the idea that through a relationship with Jesus, I’m made white as snow – despite anything in the past, all the mistakes, all the errors in judgment, you name it, I’ve been made white as snow and you know what? It’s BEAUTIFUL and it can happen for you, too! Till next time ….