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Lessons From SnowLessons From Snow
by Alan Smith


Dear diary,

AUG. 12
Moved to our new home. It is so beautiful here, the mountains are so majestic. Can hardly wait to see snow covering them.

DEC. 8
It started to snow. The first snow of the season and the wife and I took our coffee and sat for hours by the window watching the huge soft flakes drift down from heaven. It looked like a postcard. So romantic we felt like newlyweds again. I love snow!

DEC. 9
We woke to a beautiful blanket of crystal white snow covering every inch of the landscape. Can there be a more lovely place in the whole world? Moving here was the best idea I’ve ever had. Shoveled for the first time in years and felt like a boy again. I did both our driveway and the sidewalks. This afternoon the snowplow came along and covered up the sidewalks and closed in the driveway, so I got to shovel again. What a beautiful place; I love it here!

DEC. 12
The sun has melted all our lovely snow. Such a disappointment. My neighbor tells me not to worry, we’ll definitely have a white Christmas. No snow on Christmas would be awful! Bob says we’ll have so much snow by the end of winter, that I’ll never want to see snow again. I don’t think that’s possible. Bob is such a nice man. I’m glad he’s our neighbor.

DEC. 14
Snow, lovely snow! 8” last night. The temperature dropped to -20. The cold makes everything sparkle so. The wind took my breath away, but I warmed up by shoveling the driveway and sidewalks. This is the life! The snowplow came back this afternoon and buried everything again. I didn’t realize I would have to do quite this much shoveling, but I’ll certainly get back in shape this way. I wish I wouldn’t huff and puff so.

DEC. 15
20 inches forecast. Sold my van and bought a 4x4 Blazer. Bought snow tires for the wife’s car and two extra shovels. Stocked the freezer. The wife wants a wood stove in case the electricity goes out. I think that’s silly. We aren’t in Alaska, after all.

DEC. 16
Ice storm. Roads are too icy to go anywhere. Electricity was off for 5 hours. I had to pile the blankets on to stay warm. Nothing to do but stare at the wife and try not to irritate her. Guess I should’ve bought a wood stove, but won’t admit it to her. Boy, do I hate it when she’s right. I can’t believe I’m freezing to death in my own living room.

DEC. 20
Electricity’s back on, but had another 14" of the nasty stuff last night. More shoveling. Took all day. Stupid snowplow came by twice. Tried to find a neighbor kid to shovel, but they said they’re too busy playing hockey. I think they’re lying. Called the only hardware store around to see about buying a snow blower and they’re out. Might have another shipment in March. I think they’re lying.

DEC. 22
Bob was right about a white Christmas because 13 more inches of that white mess fell today, and it’s so cold it probably won’t melt till August. Took me 45 minutes to get all dressed up to go out to shovel and then I had to use the bathroom. By the time I got undressed, went and dressed again I was too tired to shovel. Tried to hire Bob who has a plow on his truck for the rest of the winter; but he says he’s too busy. I think the jerk is lying.

DEC. 24
6 more inches. Snow packed so hard by snowplow, I broke the shovel. If I ever catch the guy who drives that snowplow, I’ll drag him through the snow by his fingernails. I know he hides around the corner and waits for me to finish shoveling and then he comes down the street and throws snow all over where I’ve just been! Tonight the wife wanted me to sing Christmas carols with her and open our presents, but I was busy watching for the snowplow.

DEC. 25
Merry Christmas. 20 more inches of the messy slop tonight. Snowed in! The idea of shoveling makes my blood boil. Oh, I hate the snow! Then the snowplow driver came by asking for a donation and I hit him over the head with my shovel. The wife says I have a bad attitude. I think she’s an idiot.

DEC. 26
Still snowed in. Why did I ever move here? It was all HER idea. She’s really getting on my nerves.

DEC. 27
Temperature dropped to -30 and the pipes froze.

DEC. 29
10 more inches. Bob says I have to shovel the roof or it could cave in. That’s the silliest thing I ever heard. How dumb does he think I am?

DEC. 30
Roof caved in. The snow plow driver is suing me for a million dollars. The wife went home to her mother. Another 9" predicted.

JAN. 2
Weatherman says it’s the warmest winter they have ever had, but looks like a cold streak is coming.

Weatherman says it’s the warmest winter they have ever had, but looks like a cold streak is coming.
    The Bible speaks often about snow. It is used to remind us of the power of God:

For He says to the snow, ‘Fall on the earth’; Likewise to the gentle rain and the heavy rain of His strength. (Job 37:6)

    The whiteness of snow is also used to express the purity we experience after God forgives us of our sins:

Says the LORD, “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” (Isaiah 1:18)

    And snow serves as an illustration of what God’s Word can accomplish:

For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, and do not return there, but water the earth, and make it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it. (Isaiah 55:10-11)

    Praise be to the God who created snow! :-)

    Have a great winter and be blessed by God’s reminder of His grace and power in snow!

      © 2002, Alan Smith. Used by permission. This devotional was reprinted from Thought for the Day.

      Title: "Lessons From Snow"
      Author: Alan Smith
      Publication Date: January 23, 2002


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