It seems like all winter, with a little snow here and there, we become lazy sitting inside because it is too cold to head out. But, after a blizzard dumps large amounts of snow on us, kids and grown-ups alike come out to play! There is nothing like an exorbitant amount of precipitation to bring about community, fellowship and fun.
As I walked home from work today (I had to get a ride to work from my husband because we only got one vehicle out), it gave me time to enjoy the cool fresh air, talk to others on the sidewalk and observe parents, children and others either shoveling and blowing snow or playing king of the hill.
It reminded me of my school closed snowstorm days when I was a kid. Those were the best winter days. We were all outside shoveling, building forts and tunnels and sledding.
In many ways life can be like this. We often need a fresh coat of snow to give us fresh perspective and something exciting to make us go outside our typical day. This can be good at times, but at other times it might be a sign that we are too “stuck” sitting inside and forget about what is waiting outside our window.
In the same way, it is important for us to not get stuck in our own lives and forget to look at those around us. Sometimes it can be so easy to go about our regular, every-day life without checking outside ourselves to see what the Lord is doing in others. The Lord has created us uniquely, yes. But He has also created everything and everyone around us. We are called to share His Word with those around us. And it is terribly hard to really, humbly share His Word when we are still stuck indoors, in our own personal world.
“And He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned.'” -Mark 16:15-16
Sometime it takes a blizzard to remind us that there is an outdoors to our lives. And, that blizzard may not be so easy to clean up, but its reminds us that there is more to life than staying cooped up inside because we are too lazy to get dressed and walk out the door. We never really know what we could be missing. So, don’t forget to take a walk on the outside…it can be wild! 😉
And just to seal the deal, here’s a few photos the day after the blizzard, when I took my walk through the neighborhood. It felt great to be outside! And remember, it’s not about me, but about the Lord…and He has a beautiful creation. So enjoy it!