Saturday, April 7, 2007

Snow in April

"If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer." Matthew 21:22

I'm looking at snow in our backyard right now. Just an inch covering the trees. Pretty as you can see from the photo, but just two days ago I was photographing butterflies.

I woke up this morning and grumbled about the snow ... the cold chill on my joints ... the birds having a challenge at this time of the year to find enough food and now to have snow and freezing temperatures to deal with. I could've grumbled all day. It's very easy to do once you let yourself begin the torrent of thoughts ... but I went to my "quiet room" chair to be with the Lord and the Word lifted me up. It wasn't long before the sun broke through the clouds and made it all look so beautiful.

Seeing the sun was a reminder that regardless of the darkness, there's always light behind a cloud. There's always sunshine in our lives if we choose to focus on it. I looked at the same birds scrambling about and realized that they weren't grumbling this morning. They were busy gathering their daily bread like they did every day. Praising the Lord for His provision and getting on with life. Not a one sat in the tree with head raised to the sky complaining that it was too difficult to dig for the seeds they knew were there. Not one complained about the cold. I smiled as I heard the same Springtime courting songs being sung. Nothing seemed to be any different in their day - cold and dark or bright and sunny. They obviously lived in Truth, not circumstances.

"Faith is the bird that senses the light and sings while dawn is still dark." -- Unknown

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