A discerning person keeps wisdom in view,
but a fool’s eyes wander to the ends of the earth.
As I sit in the house and watch the snow accumulate and begin to drift with the latest storm, I am anticipating a gift of time. With all the snow that we have received this year, drifting is something most of us have experienced more than we might have wanted. The drifting of snow can be a beautiful distraction, if you don’t have to go anywhere. But if your obligations require you to get out into the weather, it can become dangerous and debilitating. Add to this the exhausting job of shoveling and clearing the snow. Then if the wind hits or another storm comes, it feels like the work you have done, was for naught as you watch the cleared pavement drift with the fluffy white stuff once again.
Sometimes my intentions drift like snow. Receiving the gift of time because of a storm, makes me realize how vulnerable I am to this drifting. You would think that I would have plenty of time for my devotions, exercise and use this time to cross off those organizational tasks on my perpetual lists. To be honest, I got part of these done but I felt I was not as productive as I should have been. I did take time for devotions, but they were part of a study that I am doing. I did exercise, well kind of, shoveling snow and making snow angels with the grandkids were my aerobic endeavors. Then there was the laundry, writing cards, and yes, the food. That is a definite tradition on snow days. We enjoyed comfort foods of oatmeal, pancakes, meatloaf, mashed potatoes, chicken salad and more.
Drifting snow has its changing beauty and it tends to slow me down. Sometimes my days are so scheduled; I constantly live under a cloud of guilt with the lack of my own productivity. A gift of drifting time is a welcome surprise. It’s a bonus to have a day that allows my time to drift, as it opens up special times with loved ones or just plain relaxation.
Proverbs 17: 24 is a reminder that when we are wise and intentional with our thoughts we are more discerning to what God’s will is. But if we wander too much we can stray from the desires that God has for us. At first I interpreted this as an admonishment to my squandered time during my day off. However, as I thought about it, God is reminding me to be intentional about how I use these unexpected gifts of time. He is slowing me down to recognize the immeasurable value to family time, relaxation and even time to focus on a study I may have just raced through the first time. Proverbs 62:5 reminds me to find my rest in God. “Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him.”
My you find wisdom and rest in your distraction of snow drifts and drifting time.
Bless the Lord oh my soul oh my soul, Worship His Holy name, Sing like never before, oh my soul, worship His Holy name. Amen (words from 10,000 Reasons- Matt Redman)