660. A snowy day literally and figuratively falls from the sky, unbidden, and seems like a thing of wonder. ~Susan Orlean

The first fall of snow is not only an event,
it is a magical event.
You go to bed in one kind of a world
and wake up in another quite different,
and if this is not enchantment
then where is it to be found?
~J. B. Priestley

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I know snowy manifestations get in the way of “human” comings and goings and doings and that in areas where winter delivers a lot of the fluffy white stuff the populace tires of it, but man oh man is snow one of my favorite things. And for me it is definitely an “enchantment” any time it happens here which is not all that often! But snow in fact it did last week, and as always it was a “magical event” that layered the world in loveliness. Regrettably, I could only watch it from my hospital bed, but oh well, such is life.

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What I love best about snow is that, like God’s grace, it takes the ordinary, the humdrum, the lackluster, even things that are dirty or ugly and moves them into the realm of the extraordinary and the beautiful. We are told in scripture there is a time for everything under heaven, and that there is goodness and purpose in all that God has devised. It also tells us that stopping man from his toils so that he takes time to consider the work of God’s hands is a part of the grand plan too. And so it is that the slower, quieter pace of winter affords us abundant opportunities to consider the amazing works of God’s hands, to honor the Lord for what He is and does, and to enjoy His amazing abilities and gifts. And it’s the best time of year to force man’s gaze off his own self-inflated sense of greatness and to refocus his regard on the enormous magnitude of Him who made it all and who teaches His children ways to cope with whatever comes against them.

God’s voice thunders in marvelous ways; he does great things beyond our understanding. He says to the snow, “Fall on the earth,” and to the rain shower, “Be a mighty downpour.” So that all men he has made may know his work, he stops every man from his labor. ~Job 37:5-7   ✝

19 thoughts on “660. A snowy day literally and figuratively falls from the sky, unbidden, and seems like a thing of wonder. ~Susan Orlean

  1. Yes, I love the snow too—but we missed it twice being just 10 miles south of the infamous swarth that cut through that I20 corridor—we canceled school for two days due to snow–snow that never materialized—we basked in the sleet, rain and ice—and God’s hand is in it all–and it, weather, is all so humbling as it is out of our hands—so yes the control is deflected from ourselves to His higher hands—
    I’m so glad your back. . ..
    a soggy cookie

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    • Thank, missy. This was a lovely, fluffy snow and I so wish I could have gotten out in it. Oh well, there’ll be other days and other snows. I’m glad to be back and hope to be caught up very soon. Love you, Natalie 🙂 ❤

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  2. I could feel how you get excited about snow like I do. We only had ice and sleet here, but the trees looked pretty with ice. It seems miraculous that they can get so cold but still come back in the spring. I love how you enjoyed the snow even from your bed. I know that kind of joy and positive attitude helps your healing. 🙂

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  3. Well said, Natalie! I remember the awesome stillness and beauty of snow that fell and which I watched holding my newborn while still in the hospital. I’ll always remember that day and that gift of snow. God’s blessings as you mend from your surgery! Hugs ~ Laura P.S. I loved the book “The Snowy Day” by Ezra Jack Keats. He captured the wonderment of snow so well. 🙂

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