I know some of you - especially those living farther north than this Texas girl - are over snow days...x 10. But this is only our third one of the year - and I am reveling in it. Since last night was my turn to take care of Shelby and the five seizures that she had between midnight and 6am, I started the morning by sleeping in. Bliss. And as I ate a bite of breakfast and watched the news, I saw a man interviewed who commented that he loved the snow because it was peaceful. Peaceful. I can't stop thinking about it. Yes. That is what is so great about snow days. They force everyone to slow down. We don't go anywhere unless we absolutely have to. We rest, we spend time together as a family, we enjoy our nice warm home and cups of coffee. When you look outside, the streets are empty. Most cars are parked and the neighbors aren't hurrying about. I know that not everyone gets a snow day off or chooses to stay home and rest, but looking out my front door this morning, it's obvious that the stress and busyness that often robs us of our peace is on hiatus.
Now, when snow days stretch to two or three (or more) days, this peaceful, easy feeling (to quote the Eagles) starts to dissolve. Allie gets bored. I start to crave some movement. Shelby empties every dresser drawer and book shelf and the clutter causes me to loose my mess. And so it is in our daily lives. Circumstances can cause us to feel peaceful. When things are going well. When there is cushion in your bank account. When you are getting enough rest. When everyone is healthy. When your skinny jeans fit. When all cylinders are firing, it's easy to feel at ease. But in this broken world, that kind of circumstantial tranquility is very temporary. The only true and lasting peace comes from a relationship with Jesus Christ. "Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed," says the Lord, who has compassion on you. Isaiah 54:10 When you have allowed Jesus to forgive you of your sins and take the top spot in your heart, you can have peace, security and contentment, regardless of what this world throws at you. That doesn't mean you won't ever get angry or sad or discouraged. It means you have the assurance of an all-powerful, loving God in your corner. He will always be with you and will always be working to your best interest.
Try to enjoy some rest today. And please message me if you would like to hear more about peace in Jesus.
"But he was pierced for your ransgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed." Isaiah 53:5