As I write these words those of us in the Mid-Atlantic region, indeed on the entire East Coast of the nation, are experiencing a dramatic and unexpected “deep freeze.” With temperatures in the twenties during the day and in the single digits at night – well, things have slowed down quite a bit. Most people I know are not likely to “just run up to the store for a few things” or “go see what friends are up to” or “window shop a bit” in the freezing, icy cold. Home chores – though they go on; they always go on – and the normal household routine may be altered as electric consumption and water usage become something to watch – that’s if the water and power stay on in the first place. Even those of us with work responsibilities outside the home find the normal “workday” routine disrupted.
Maybe – just maybe – this a blessing in disguise.
I think of that scripture I love and of which I think so often –
“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
Whenever our “normal” routine is disrupted – either subtly or very dramatically – there is an opportunity to stop, if even for a moment, and give thanks for
- the simple things, like heat and hot water
- a change of pace, an opportunity to connect with those close to us
- a little quiet time
- a chance to help – maybe reach out, if able, to someone who does not have any of the above
- most of all, more time for prayer, Bible study, reflection, a conversation with God
I know, just like a “preacher” to think of such things.
Anyway, if you are reading this in a place of warmth and comfort – enjoy.
Take a little time to just stop – be still – and know that God is God.
All is well.