What do you do when you’re snowed into your house?
You build a snow fort, of course.
My daughters and I spent yesterday morning building a snow fort in the back yard. The goal, as Zoe said it, was to build it large enough so the dog couldn’t get in. Our labradoodle, Annie, has a bad habit of stealing gloves. We spent a couple of hours carrying large chunks of snow and adding it to the ever increasing wall. Finally, we made it large enough to keep out the dog.
That’s when my girls came up with a new idea. “Daddy, now you go into the snow fort and we’ll throw snow balls at you from the top of the swing set.”
How did you spend your snow day?
I love days like yesterday because they force me to slow down. Instead of rushing around from activity to activity, snow forces us to stay put for awhile. It makes us delay or cancel activities we had scheduled. Every once in awhile, this is a good thing!
When our lives get too busy, it can become challenging to notice God in our lives. Jeremiah, the author of Lamentations, offers us this advice:
“The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him. It is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.”
What does it mean to “wait for the Lord”?
My hunch is that it has something to do with slowing down. If you’re like many Americans, this is a hard thing to accomplish.
Try this simple activity:
Find a quiet place in your house. If you have kids, this may be a bit of a challenge, but you can do it!
Turn off all distractions. This includes your phone, a TV on in the background, etc.
Close your eyes and take three deep breaths.
Talk to God about whatever comes to your mind. When you give your mind rest and a break from the constant noise, you’ll be surprised at what your subconscious brings to your mind. Often these are the things you should be praying about.
When you done speaking to God, listen. For one minute or five minutes or thirty minutes— wait on the Lord.
Can you think of a better way to use your snow day?
This Sunday we will continue our The Purpose Of…series by exploring the purpose of pain.
See you on Sunday!