Saturday, April 26, 2008

5 Ways to Make God Your Treasure in Crummy Weather

After waking up this morning, I looked out the window and saw snow on the ground. Granted, it wasn't much, but it was enough to make my heart sink like a cast-iron rowboat.

I got in the car after clearing my windshields of winter condensation. A heavy-hearted southerner met me on the radio, lamenting a fresh case of "Deep River Blues."

My computer tells me it's 34 degrees outside. If it were alive, I know it would be choking down a maniacal snicker.

On days like this, how do you keep from muttering? Here are five things I can think of:

1. Thank God for the snow.

This sounds counter-intuitive, but I have to remember that my "intuiter" is rotten. "Give thanks in all circumstances" (1 Thessalonians 5:18).

2. When people ask, "Why is it snowing in April?!?!?!", tell them, "God told it to."

This can become excessive, but take a risk. And don't scowl when you say it! "For to the snow he says, 'Fall on the earth,' likewise to the downpour, his mighty downpour" (Job 37:6).

3. Remember that, compared to the lake of fire, out-of-season flurries aren't that bad.

God has saved me from so much. When I think about the fury my sins deserve, parking it right above freezing for a day is blissfully refreshing.

4. Shock someone by telling them how thankful you are for a day like this.

To do this step requires that you actually mean it. See steps 1-3.

5. Remember that valiant acts happen on snowy days.

"And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was a valiant man of Kabzeel, a doer of great deeds. He struck down two ariels of Moab. He also went down and struck down a lion in a pit on a day when snow had fallen" (2 Samuel 23:18).

1 comment:

Tyler Kenney said...

Wonderful conclusion.