Wednesday, February 10, 2010
God Says Stop And Rest
Well it is official. Today's snowstorm is an all out blizzard! Last Saturday was just a teaser in this blogger's part of the world. But I am not simply posting a weather report. While snow of this magnitude brings its inconveniences, hardships and for some even dangers, it also brings a few gifts.
It is rare that New Jersey ever comes to a stop, but in a storm like this, it almost does. I sometimes think this is God's way of saying, "You all need to just STOP! Be still , see and remember that I AM God!" Because in these conditions there really is not much you can do beyond your own front door. You have to stop and you are given the opportunity to do things you have not had a chance to do. For those with children at home, they get to spend some added time with them, for people like me who live alone, it is a chance to catch up on reading, additional prayer time, and making of some comfort foods.
My job has kept me going at a speed far to fast these days. That unfortunately can not be helped right now. However, it has been my experience that when my life seems to be going at whirlwind speeds, and I can't seem to slow down on my own, God does it for me. Usually he does it in the form of a bad cold or flu that forces me to stay home. This time it came in the form of a thick, white blanket (that continues to get thicker as I write!).
I took the pictures you see this morning. They are a gift for my friend Colleen who lives in Florida. During last weekend's mini storm she asked if I had any pictures. There wasn't much to see with that one. So Colleen, I hope you enjoy these. (they are not great, but will give you a taste of those northeastern winters you sometimes miss.)
Yes, in the pristine whiteness of the newly fallen and continuing falling snow, we can stop and know that God indeed reigns~ and sometimes He snows! (Sorry couldn't resist that one.)
Psalm 45: Canticle of Love to the King
My heart overflows with a good theme;
I address my verses to the King;
My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
You are fairer than the sons of men;
Grace is poured upon Your lips;
Therefore God has blessed You forever.
Gird Your sword on Your thigh, O Mighty One,
In Your splendor and Your majesty!
And in Your majesty ride on victoriously,
For the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness;
Let Your right hand teach You awesome things.
Your arrows are sharp;
The peoples fall under You;
Your arrows are in the heart of the King’s enemies.
Your throne, O God, is forever and ever;
A scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom.
You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
With the oil of joy above Your fellows.
All Your garments are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia;
Out of ivory palaces stringed instruments have made You glad.
Kings’ daughters are among Your noble ladies;
At Your right hand stands the queen in gold from Ophir.