-Finding Your January Rhythm in a Snow Day
Wintry & Squishy Things Outside
We now find ourselves in Winter. This may look very different depending on what part of the world we live in. But no matter where on the globe, seeking wintry dreams this January is encouraged. I lived in Southern California near Los Angeles for most of my life. Just about all over the place – the valley, beach, city – but what was constant was the lack of snow. I think we had snow flurries once. I remember as a child watching curious squishy things outside.
So, imagine waking up to snowfall at home for the first time! Still in pajamas, I opened the front door, and there it was. A transformed winter wonderland everywhere I looked. You see, I had moved by this time to Georgia. And it was just spectacular. Soon outside walking in the fresh snow before the neighbor’s cars left for work, and the sun began transforming my snow into puddles.
Learning the Ways of the Snow!
There is a difference living in an area where it snows. Although it doesn’t snow that much here, I have learned specific things. The eve of my first snow – well, I didn’t even know it was going to snow. It was around 1 in the afternoon, and I was at the hair salon. Suddenly, my hairstylist received a text that the schools were closing the next day because of snow. Snow? I overheard a lady planning her stop at the grocery store, and I headed over. That’s when I learned that everyone buys milk and bread when it’s going to snow here.
Another year it snowed, and again it was glorious – except for the time when I was at work. We were filming outside at Stone Mountain. It was so cold as the flurries began, and we were all huddling, hoping they would get their shot soon.
My Very Own Snow Day –
And then a couple of years passed with no snow, so I just knew or hoped we’d get some this Winter. But as I kept my eye on the weather apps and reports, it seemed like it would just miss us; the rain would stop too soon, the temperature would go up too high. But I thought – it’s OK, it’s easier for all those who have to travel or be outside. But then, last Sunday, my husband looked out the window and said, “Hey Deb, it’s snowing.” We jumped over to the back door to look out, and yes, it was snowing! I started crying. Then I said, “I don’t know why I am crying.” My husband said, “Too many Christmas movies.” Ah yes, that could be it.
My snow day was the best. I was curled up on the couch reading a new book, “Jewel of the Nile” by Tessa Afshar, with Ben-Hur on the TV, and my eyes were up every few moments to take in the mesmerizing flow of snowflakes outside my Georgia home. It was only a light dusting, but that was enough. Plus, the weather app has snowflakes for this Friday!
Another thing I have learned is that when there is snow, there are snow days! Snow days are when the kids don’t have to go to school, and I suppose some don’t or can’t go to work too. In this case, it was a Sunday, but it was my very own snow day. I can’t imagine how wonderful that would have been to have had as a kid. My husband has delightful stories about how he and the other kids stayed home from school sledding in the snow. I just thought that every kid needs snow days, and every adult does too.
Seeking Wintry Dreams, Hopes, & Expectations
Here we are in the third week of January, where Winter can be cozy, challenging, and hibernating. Warm fires and family love, Jesus Christ is born – Hallelujah, and perhaps it is best to settle into the rhythm of whatever January you are in – to gently take you along seeking wintry dreams, hopes, and expectations.
There can be a rush in at the start of the New Year. With envisioning what we want our 2022 to look like, to be. Setting our goals and then scheduling them, but perhaps with the idea of snow days, maybe what we need is to rest and reflect for a moment. Consider what we are planning, and attain a fresh perspective. It is the small, quiet habits of each day that may just change our lives.
This Snow Day can be as long as you want. Therefore, I encourage you to take time to dream, pray, read, soak in the tub, or try a new recipe.
The following is the poem, “Snow Globe,” that I wrote on my first snow day here in Georgia. It is also why I call my blog “God’s Globe.”
Scripture for Rest & Reflection Seeking Wintry Dreams
As in water face answereth to face, so the heart of man to man. Proverbs 27:19 KJV
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven Ecclesiastes 3:1 KJV
And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity. 1 Corinthians 13:13 KJV
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Matthew 6:33 KJV
Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice. Philippians 4:4 KJV
Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Psalms 37:4 KJV
These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. John 16:33 KJV
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