I am looking out the window, the sky is cloudy with some scattered raindrops. I have not seen the forecast, however already this morning several different people have mentioned the HUGE STORM coming in.
Since I grew up in Minnesota, I have a deep appreciation for a good snow storm. There is something absolutely wonderful about several inches of snow changing the way we look at life for the next 24-48 hours. I break the snowstorm down into three distinct events:
Event 1: Preparation for snow – This is when everyone begins to talk about the coming snow storm. People are buzzing around and the stores are busy selling shovels, salt and sleds. The first words to roll off of peoples tongues have to do with the coming snow storm. The kiddos have rising expectations of cancelled school, late nights drinking hot chocolate and eating popcorn.
Event: 2 The snow – It usually starts with the weather turning colder and the snowflakes picking up momentum. The roads fill up, get slippery and people start to complain. The whining starts with a focus on every other inept driver except us, then it transitions to the city and the poor conditions of the roads. I can usually gauge the turning point of the storm when someone asks where all our tax money is going if our street is not plowed. Finally, the storm would not be complete without us wishing for spring to come.
Event: 3 The post-snow activities – If you are neighborly, you will clear your sidewalks and driveway. This is usually fun for a few minutes until the back starts hurting. If you have kids it is only a matter of time until they break you down and convince you to take them out sledding. I actually love sledding and building snow forts.
One time when I was in college my brothers and several friends built a snow fort with seven rooms. We spent hours digging out a humongous snow pile in the parking lot of a nursing home. Although it took several days we absolutely loved the process of digging and planning and dreaming of our big fort. When we finished we didn’t know what to do with a seven room snow fort, the excitement had come from the process of building.
Often, I have reflected on this experience. I remember the empty feeling when we were finished with the process of building and how quickly we became bored when we tried to “hang out” at the fort. In my estimation, this illustrates what happens in life when we attempt to stop and enjoy this life. As Christians, the Bible makes it clear that we are citizens of another kingdom.
It is for this reason that we will become frustrated with life when we try to enjoy something that was never meant to be enjoyed. I recently read a chapter in a book entitled, “Your best life later.” This is in opposition to some popular teaching today, however in my estimation it is right.
Here’s the point: Whether our life is full of sunshine, rain or snow, we should remember that we were made for the journey, our time for rest is coming in another Kingdom. The Kingdom of God made possible by the resurrection of Jesus. This Sunday, we get to look at 1 Corinthians 15 which is the classic chapter on the Resurrection as we prepare for Easter. I hope you will be able to join in the worship. If you are unable to come, you can always listen online: http://www.newlifekc.org/resources/deploy/.
Loving the Journey-even in the snow!