Snowfall Pause

By Emily Vandyke

“Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
Psalm 46:10

The first snowfall of the year is nothing short of magical:  the anticipation as you hear on the news the expected amounts, kids wearing their pajamas inside out in hopes of a declared snow day, the constant glance towards the window in hope of catching the first glimpse of falling flakes.  And when it finally begins?  The pause. The quiet. The thrill.  You may not like the snow, but there is one thing you cannot deny:  there is something magical about those first few, dancing flakes.

Beyond all of the excitement, it is also an invitation.  An invitation to pause, an invitation to breathe, and an invitation to be still.  It often comes in some of the busiest moments of the year with preparations for the holidays in full swing, the anticipation of what’s to come, and lists galore.  

In the midst of all of this:  the first snowfall invites us to pause, breathe, and be still.  You may notice that things are a little bit more quiet when it’s snowing – it’s as if the world itself pauses.  The snow absorbs sound, and this isn’t by mistake.  The snowflakes are asking you to stop, take notice, and recognize the beauty of God.  The holiday season can be difficult.  But God is with you every step of the way.

I challenge you the next time you see it’s beginning to snow:  instead of groaning or ignoring, pause.  Be still.  Recognize that God is with you and recognize the beauty He bestows. Take a deep breath:  God’s got you.

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