As a child I never remember having a snow day. Since I rarely saw snow, I loved it! My mom covered our hands with socks, a bread sack, then another sock to keep them dry, then the same with our feet. It rarely even got cold enough for a jacket so we never had snow pants, boots, gloves, or hats.
When my children were small, I took them out to play every time it snowed. I even went sledding with a nine month old and made some wonderful memories. Maybe that is why she is still such a fearless dare devil — hmmmm, more pondering. However my passion for snow much fun began to diminish when my kids were home from school repeatedly because of snow.
So far this year, I’ve seen snow at least a dozen times and its not even February yet. Why chat about snow? Adults rarely get snow days. Snow happens during the darkest and bleakest of days. Snow gets messy, ices over, and makes people drive crazy, at least where I live. It gets really cold especially at night and creating the need for shelter. If there is a warm day after a snow, fog happens making driving even more treacherous. Winter even brings more sickness. Snow interrupts our schedules and plans.
This bleakness of days sometimes overwhelms us. We are tired of winter and ready for spring! We want to see those green shoots and more sunlight. Winter seems to last forever. The beauty is this: no matter how cold it is or how much snow layers the ground there are dormant seeds waiting for warmth and light. There lies our hope.
We have this same hope with our prodigals. No matter how far our loved ones walk away from God the seeds of salvation and restoration have been planted. Bless the snow days Lord, winter never lasts.