Yes, there are down sides. After experiencing approximately 60″ of snowfall this season, the local schools are forced to eat away our spring breaks and summer vacations. Public transportation is suffering to stay on schedule and, in some cases, on the roads at all. Our state budgets … well, let’s just not go there.
I resolved this year to not complain about winter. If you know me at all, you know cold is not my friend. I would much rather sweat out 100+ degree temps and high humidity than have to sit through a dry, bitter winter. But I’ve been teaching my kids Philippians 2:14–16.
“Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life.” (NIV)
As Zach and I shoveled another four inches off the driveway yesterday morning, I felt convicted that perhaps my life didn’t clearly evidence the truth of what I preach to them. I started singing a song based on these verses. That song tumbled into another based on Philippians 4:4.
“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” (NIV)
A funny thing happened. As I sang those songs and watched my son joyfully toss shovels of snow on to our ever-increasing mound, I wasn’t even tempted to complain. I looked around me and simply praised God for all He has done for us, for all He has given me.
It’s true: I still am not fond of the cold. I rather like being able to feel my fingers and toes, and I really should buy stock in all the lotions I tear through each January, but … But I feel so blessed. And I can honestly praise God for this perpetually shaken snowglobe in which I now live.