I am usually one who like to keep a close eye on the weather. And, by close eye, I mean that I am one of those people who checks her weather app several times a day to monitor the temperature and potential for precipitation. I like to feel prepared. I like to have a general idea of what is coming. Yesterday, when I checked the app, it said that we might get an inch of snow overnight. Might. So you can imagine my surprise when I woke to see this.
It was more than I expected. A lot more than I expected. And, I’ll be honest with you . . . when I first looked out the window this morning, I started grumbling. It’s March. It’s March! Though, we usually do get some snow in March, it is also the month when hints of spring begin to arrive. My daffodils begin to peek their heads through the ground, birds begin to return after their winter down south, and the sun begins to slowly warm the soil in my garden boxes. This snow this morning? I’m over it. Completely over it. I’m longing for spring.
It was with these thoughts running through mind that I stepped out into the cold this morning. And that’s when I heard Him. I heard God say, “Child. See the gift. See the gift I’ve given you this morning.” I turned my gaze upwards and caught a glimpse of the early morning sun dancing through snow laden branches. I took in the stillness that comes only after a heavy snow. And . . . I saw. I saw Him. I saw His hand in everything before me.
Sometimes God places unexpected gifts before us. Gifts given so that we can be reminded of who He is. He is our Creator and the Giver of Life. He is our Defender and the Hope on which we stand. He is our Savior and our Healer. He is all things and is in all things. But . . . we have to choose to turn our gaze upwards. We have to choose to see Him.
Where are you at today? Are you feeling burdened by the “snows” life is bringing? If you are, I would encourage you to turn your gaze towards Him and look . . . look for Him. Look for the one who calls you Beloved, the one who loves you so deeply, the one your heart longs for. Choose to see the gift.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.”
Jeremiah 29:11-13 (NLT)