Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Fall on the Earth


"God's voice thunders in marvelous ways;
he does great things beyond our understanding.
He says to the snow, ‘Fall on the earth...’" Job 37:6

When I found this verse recently, I thought, "I can't remember ever reading that before."

Somehow, knowing God directs the snowfall, my heart understands that the gentle flakes have more meaning. Or maybe it's really that snow has more purpose

I've had to remind myself in winters past about the importance of snow, especially when it's March and a sunny day hasn't been seen in weeks. Instead, the snow covers every vestige of grass or growing thing by several inches. 

At those times, I have to audibly remind myself, "More snow means a better growing season." 

There are times, though, when I can't see beyond the cold and the white and the depressing feeling of being stuck inside. I can't see even two weeks into the future to know that a warm day or two will completely obliterate the seemingly invincible snow. That's when I have to get out the calendar and count the days until the rotation of the earth will bring us closer to the sun's warmth once again.

When my life feels cold, dreary, or depressing, just like that calendar, I have to get out my Bible and remind myself of the ways in which the Son brings me closer to the warmth of my Father's Heart. 

Snowy days will pass, and snowy times of icy fear or frosty feelings will also pass when I wait for God's timing to fully come. Knowing this, helps me hang on; helps me wait and watch for that first sign of spiritual warming. That awesome time when God promises my soul will "thrive like a green leaf"...again. (Proverbs 11:28)


Laury said...

We will hang on to God's promises together, Dee. And meanwhile, we will bundle up and try to stay warm:)

Joanne Sher said...

Love this! Great analogy for me.

Catrina Bradley said...

So very awesome, Dee! I don't remember reading those words before, either.

But I do remember those long winters when it seemed like spring would never come. I don't miss the snow one bit!