Snowed Under

I shared this message on my personal facebook page and thought I’d share it here with the text for you as well!  Here’s the link to the video message and the text is below.

I pray this is an encouraging word for someone today regardless of whether it’s snowing outside or beautiful, warm and sunny.  Jesus taught us many practical things about life on earth and told us his motivation was “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).

Today, where I live we are experiencing the second major snow storm of the year.  A single snow storm is unusual enough but a second one coming just as the last few remnants of the first were almost gone is causing quite a stir in the city.  The financial costs of a storm are as heavy as the snow is to shovel.

The snow storm provides a great analogy to the financial storms of life and for many people at this time of year they are dealing with the remnants of the extra financial weight of the busy Christmas season.  Unlike Christmas, where additional expenses and social and family obligations can be planned, a weather-type storm, like a health-type storm is often unexpected.

We tend to live our days with a certain amount of expectation about how things are going to unfold.  We expect the car to start, for example, and to go out and come back home to our loved ones and comfortable surroundings.  But, a storm can start with something as simple as curdled milk in your coffee, misplacing your keys, realizing you need to stop for gas, a traffic delay on your route, your computer not starting properly, a phone call about a cancelled or unscheduled meeting, forgetting your lunch, a call that your child’s after school sporting event has been cancelled and they need to be picked up early.

These are distractions and they can either throw you off course and create frustration, chaos, and stress in your life, or they can draw you in to find the beauty and calm of “the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7). 

A fresh snowfall is beautiful, peaceful, and quiet.  We can chose to focus on the distractions of cancelled activities, and shoveling of heavy snow; or we can chose to see the ‘washing of our sin’ of agreeing with the frustration, anger, resentment, and stress which are rooted in fear, not love as we’re told in Isaiah 1:18 “Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow;”.

If you choose to agree with the thoughts that you are ‘buried in debt’; or that ‘you have a financial burden (implying you have created the burden)’; or that the weight of your current financial reality is impossible, you are choosing to be ‘snowed under’ and not living, experiencing and sharing God’s peace, unlimited creativity and abundance.

Each tiny snowflake carries unique characteristics.  Each individual person carries unique blessings that hold a key to connecting with others to create a beautiful blanket of fresh white, abundant, beautiful and peaceful white covering, capable of reflecting light, even in the darkest places, just as a fresh snowfall gathers the individual flakes to add new beauty to the surroundings and illuminate the night.

 

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