No one thought it would happen. “It is way to warm. Maybe next year”, they said. While attempting to squash my hopes for a snow filled Christmas, I looked out the window in Twin Lakes, Wisconsin and could clearly see my breath fog up the glass. While it wasn’t neon, it was just enough of a sign to keep my hopes alive.
You will rarely discover me siding with an APP over a human beings life experience, but this time I was confident AccuWeather was going to be right; I secretly hoped so anyway. I counted on only one hand the opportunities I’ve had to play in winter’s white glory and absolutely none of these times were during my Christmas holiday. I wanted to experience this wonderland so much that I even found myself praying for this seasonal delight.
After three days and much debating, I was shocked when my wish actually came true. Down fell the first few snow flurries of December for the area and I was so excited that I nearly knocked my sweet step daughter over bouncing with joy. Like a kid, I watched through the window as the snow fell and stuck to the ground. I waited patiently until enough powder accumulated for a decent sized snowball and picture.
Looking back, I had no clue at the time how much fun my YES from the Lord would be. What stands out most to me though is that I honestly didn’t believe that my prayers were enough to make a difference. I verbally spoke my confidence out loud and in pride declared that “of course it’s going to snow”, but in my heart, it was definitely never more than a fifty fifty chance. While being right was amusing, the comedy that soon followed proves that I really didn’t believe I had God’s attention on such a tiny matter.
Trivial lesson? I don’t think so. If I don’t learn to trust God with the small stuff, how can I muster the courage to trust Him on matters of great significance? God’s snowy creation equaled extra joy during my vacation. Why should I devalue His blessing in my life.
Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.
Psalm 37:4 (ESV)