We have some new friends from Michigan. We met them in Jamaica in January. They are a delightful young couple that we would be happy to adopt as another set of “our kids.” (A tribe that keeps growing). These happen to be the furthest away, so we are connecting on Facebook.
A couple of my recent Facebook posts have generated responses that highlight the Texas/Michigan difference. The first was a photo of the current temperature of 71 with the caption, “February 10th in north-central Texas!” Comment from Michigan: “I’m going to pretend I didn’t see this!”
The second was a photo of snow in our front yard with the caption, “Glad I didn’t have to leave the house today.” Comment from Michigan: “Is that it?!”
Perspective. Maybe we should go visit “our kids” in Michigan this summer when it is 112 here!
In 1984, Sweetie became my Mrs. and we moved to Fort Worth from the panhandle of Texas where a foot of snow usually meant that the only school closings were college night classes. It was an interesting new perspective here the first time school was canceled because of weather. I looked out the window and could still see blades of grass sticking up out of the snow! They are canceling for this! Then I learned about icy roads and metroplex traffic.
When our latest snowstorm arrived, we joked that we shouldn’t even bother to turn on the local TV stations. All that we would see for the next several days: reporters showing snowy roads, driving a few miles, and doing another live feed from another snowy road. Some places in Wise County got as much as 7 inches! I’m pretty sure the news reporters in Michigan would say, “Is that it?!”
“It” resulted in massive agenda adjustments for several days. The worst part is not the cancelations, but rescheduling. The rescheduling of last week’s agenda affects this week’s agenda. It can just snowball on you (pun intended). So, how do you deal with it?
A cup of coffee or hot chocolate. Snow ice-cream. A sled made from a plastic tub. A thick blanket. In other words, don’t stress over what you can’t control. Make the most of the interruption. Our part of the world is several years into drought conditions. This interruption has brought much needed moisture.
For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it. (Isaiah 55:10-11, English Standard Version)
Our lives matter so much to God that He does not adjust Himself to the whims of our limited-vision agendas.
Question: How will you quiet yourself and find Him in your interruptions?
Leave a comment. I’d love to hear your perspective.