It's snowing at our house, and a friend pointed out to me how beautiful it is. And, she's right, it is beautiful. I had to drive my children into school this morning at 6:30 am, the snow was new and fresh on the drive. It was dark outside. I worked at focusing on the beauty of the snow, rather on the things about the snow that I don't like. Everywhere we look from our house, we see lovely trees with snow and the beauty of God's earth. His gift to us. I am thankful.
This year for Christmas, our family hopes to go sledding, so we need snow. We have a hill beside our house and one in front of our house that is perfect for some downhill adventures. Me? My adventure may be watching.
As I'm watching, or maybe sledding, I will come up with all the beautiful things about snow:
The first sight in the morning
The snow crowned peaks
The first snow man
The taste of snow ice cream
The first pair of snow boots
The walk in the snow with someone I love
The quiet, peaceful evening as the snow falls
The heavy laden tree limbs
The lights on trees covered in snow
The sleigh ride in the snow
The laughter of children playing in the snow
I'll continue to work on my list this winter. This morning I read in Psalms 65:9
Oh, visit the earth,
ask her to join the dance!
Deck her out in spring showers,
fill the God-River with living water.
Paint the wheat fields golden.
Creation was made for this!
Drench the plowed fields,
soak the dirt clods
with rainfall as harrow and rake
bring her to blossom and fruit.
Snow-crowned peaks with splendor,
scatter rose petals down your paths,
All though the wild meadows, rose petals.
Set the hills to dancing,
Dress the canyon walls with live sheep,
a drape of flax across the valleys.
Let them shout, and shout, and shout!
Oh, oh ,let them sing!
Jesus! Open my eyes to the beauty of Your earth and the snow that falls upon it! Say That Again, You have brought goodness and splendor to my path!