Sometimes things happen to force us to slow down. That's what happened with last week's blizzard. It started snowing Friday afternoon and didn't stop until Sunday morning. We had over 30 inches of snow! We were completely snowed in over the weekend, and schools have been closed for the past three days. So, we've had five days of being home.
I love the way a snowstorm quiets everything. No where to rush to, no schedules to keep, time to sit and watch the birds at the feeder, listen to the wind, and enjoy the beauty outside my window. This unexpected gift of time gave me a chance to do a little reading, write in my journal, and think about my life. Now that the roads are clear, things are getting back to normal. That makes me a little sad.
At first, it was hard for me be still, but now I look forward to it. I need more "snow days" in my life, but they can be so hard to find. Selah, from what I understand, is simply taking a little time to reflect on what's important. I'm going to make an effort to find a few moments every day to sit in silence, to stare out the window, and to listen.
I leave you with this lovely poem from Snow Toward Evening, poems selected by Josette Frank and gorgeous paintings by Thomas Locker. It's no longer in print, but Amazon has some used copies.
Snow Toward Evening
Suddenly the sky turned gray,
Which had been bitter and chill,
Grew intensely soft and still.
From some invisible blossoming tree
Millions of petals, cool and white,
Drifted and blew,
Lifted and flew,
Fell with the falling night.
Thank you for reading. I welcome your comments about how taking a "holy pause" has made a difference in your life.
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