Surprise; an Intermezzo Blog about Snow of 2/17/15 and 3/4/15

IMG_2762Our street became beautiful when the snow fell. Snow is perhaps one of the most maligned wonders of our world.   Most of the complaints about snow come from people not being used to it.  After all, snow is gentle and harmless, even at -20F (-29C). See the last paragraph for more on this.  We’ve had a great share of the beautiful stuff this past couple weeks. The biggest snowfalls in 20 years fell just two weeks ago and shut the city down for a week (wimps), and then on Monday a deluge rain turned almost instantly to snow as the temperature plummeted and left another foot (30cm) of white powder on top of the ground.

So many factors have to be in just perfect alignment that it boggles the mind if one dismisses the the Divine option.

“Have you entered the storehouses of the snow
    or seen the storehouses of the hail,
 which I reserve for times of trouble,
    for days of war and battle?” Job 38:22-23

IMG_2749As difficult as snow can be for auto manipulation or as back-aching as it can make one from shoveling several tons of the stuff, it remains one of the best evidences for God in a muddy world.

“He sends his command to the earth; his word runs swiftly.
“He spreads the snow like wool and scatters the frost like ashes.
“He hurls down his hail like pebbles. Who can withstand his icy blast?
“He sends his word and melts them; he stirs up his breezes, and the waters flow.” Psalm 147

He compares it to our purity once He has cleansed us:

“Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the Lord.
“Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow.
“Though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.” Isaiah 1:18

And the Ancient of Days seated on the throne in Daniel’s and John’s visions had clothing and hair “white as snow.” Daniel 7:14; Revelation 1:14.

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So it cannot all be bad. Just be careful when driving in it. Practice in an open parking lot next time; drink lots of water when shoveling to stay hydrated; feel for your fingers and toes whenever you are out, whether working or playing, and go warm up if they start getting numb. Use good sense and snow does not harm or kill any more than bullets by themselves do. It is the foolishness of people that is often more to blame for such injuries, just as it is the shooter to blame for injury, not the bullet.

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IMG_2765So enjoy this blast of winter.                                                                              By the way, has anyone seen Mickey Mouse since the snow started?IMG_2776


One thought on “Surprise; an Intermezzo Blog about Snow of 2/17/15 and 3/4/15

  1. I find it hard to believe in accidents. It is now almost 5AM. I got up after tossing and turning for hours. An idea has been going around in my head and I had to get up and write it down. I poured a glass of ice tea, picked up some cookies, and sat down to turn on the computer to start writing stuff down. 3 minutes later I got an email from a guy that I was thinking about including in these ideas that have been going over in my mind.

    Turned on CNN. Yes, we get CNN. Lo and behold, they were talking about the snow in the US and showed Lexington KY!!!!!!! I decided right there and then to write to you but I was deep into my email to the other guy. Of course in that time you know who sent an email about the snow. 25 minutes ago. Took a while to do the two emails to this point.

    Some reason the Lord wants me to have you two men on my mind. But somehow I am so buoyant in my spirit this AM that I think the Lord wants to encourage us both somehow today.

    We have had strikes here since Jan 5. Most of the time we have spent at home. You never know who is going to try to smash and burn your car so we don’t go out. We have been having our office on Fri and Sat each week. Those have been days that there haven’t been strikes. Last week one of our young HOH men who grew up at the HOH asked if it was OK to have a reunion. He figured that it we 20 years ago that we moved out to the “new” location. That got me thinking. It was 25 years ago next year that we started the HOH and 30 years ago that we started the Bible school. Why not have a big celebration next year?

    Once I got thinking like that, I knew sleep would be impossible. I’ll see everyone in a few hours. It’s Friday AM here.

    Have a great day. Like to see the pictures of snow. Don’t really want to be in it. Will be close to 90 today here.

    Blessings LRS


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