I love snow days! As a kid growing up, I would do all the things in hopes of getting out of school! You know the things I am talking about; I would put an ice cube in the toilet, a spoon in the freezer, and wear my pajamas inside out, all in the name of getting out of school. My mom was a teacher, so snow days were not just a big thing for me and my brother but for all of us in my family. I have great memories of hoping for snow with my family, as we would eagerly wait to see Rutherford County Schools flash across the bottom of our TV. There are so many reasons to love snow days, but I want to draw your attention to a spiritual lesson I have learned from these past couple of days.
The Need to Snow Down:
We live hectic and busy lives! We rush around from one thing to the next. We rarely, if ever take the time to just sit, rest, and reflect on God. We need to slow down! Family time is often limited to car-rides to practice and school, or in line at the drive-thru. But when the snow comes, we are forced to slow down. Plans get cancelled, a lot of people choose to work from home or get off work completely. It provides us with an opportunity to catch our breath from the nonstop busyness we normally live in. Even when our plans aren’t cancelled, we are still forced to slow down because of the risk of dangerous road conditions.
I don’t know what your snow days have been like, but mine have been slower. I have had no where I needed to go, I have had no one I have needed to see, and it has left me feeling energized. I have had time to reflect on my goals, evaluate my plans for the year, enjoy extra time with my amazing wife, and think on all the ways God has blessed me. Snow days are great because they force us to slow down. However, the lesson I have learned is that at times we need to snow down. At times we need to schedule snow days in our lives for an intentional slow down to refocus on what’s most important in life. We need time with family, and we need time within our family to reflect on God’s goodness and greatness together.
2 Benefits of Slowing Down:
As I have walked outside in the snow, it hasn’t taken long to be amazed at the beauty of the snow and reminded of God’s power. Snow’s beauty and uniqueness really demonstrates to us not only the power of God, but also His creative genius. Certainly, the words of Paul apply when we gaze at the beautiful winter scenes outside our windows.
For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.Romans 1:20
Recognizing God’s Blessings and Giving Thanks!
As we admire the snow, we can see invisible attributes of God through His visible creation. If we don’t slow down long enough to really look at its beauty and think about God’s goodness, we will miss it. The beauty of snow not only shows us the power of God but also His goodness. God didn’t have to make the snow beautiful, but He did so we could enjoy it. God is not only powerful but also incredibly good. These are simple truths. So simple we can rush right past them if we don’t slow down. Hopefully the snow down has forced us to slow down long enough to admire the wonder of snow.
However, the snow will melt, and life will pick up at its crazy, hectic speed once again. The question then is will we have the discipline needed to force ourselves to slow down from time to time, when everyone else is speeding through life, to see God’s blessings? I think Paul’s next thought in Romans 1:21 gives us insight into why this is so important.
For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened.Romans 1:21
When we fail to give God the thanks and honor He is due, we begin down a path away from God. Slowing down long enough to count our blessings is critical. Slowing down long enough to worship God as a family is crucial because it keeps God in perspective. When we worship Him and thank Him, we are fully aware of His power, goodness, love, and grace! We are fully aware of who He is and how badly we need Him. We can’t let the busyness of life blind us from this reality. We must slow down to see God’s blessings and to thank Him for all He does for us!