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Ya just gotta love that snow

January 15, 2011
By PASTOR ANN FRETWELL, Mingo United Methodist Charge

We live where it snows. No news in that statement is there? Lots of us are saying, "Enough, already." "We're tired of the stuff," some say. It's a good thing we aren't in charge because only God knows what we really need.

Job 38:22a (KJV), "Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow?" Is snow a treasure? Yes, God gave us snow because we need it. Little drops of moisture that fall to the earth at God's choosing. God is in charge of the snow and everything else we need. Without the snow there would be no water in the summer. Snow picks up nitrogen in the air as it forms - nitrogen that nourishes the earth and makes the soil produce seed and vegetation.

Each snowflake is different just as we children of God are different. We are special to our creator. He knew us before we were formed in the womb. We are unique. Each one of us have different gifts and graces - combinations intended for God's purposes. What do you love to do? What skills do you have? What comes easy for you? Do you love to talk? There are lonely folks in nursing homes and people who are homebound because of age or disability that would love to have someone just sit and talk with them. Do you enjoy cooking? There are certainly needy people among us that could use a hot meal or a loaf of home-baked bread delivered with a smile. Are you handy at fixing things? Many of our senior citizens would surely enjoy having you around for an afternoon. A leaky faucet can be a challenge to many of us. You have a gift. God will use you if you'll allow him to. So, you are a senior citizen. Volunteer at the local welcome center where you can meet visitors to our area. You know where God's most beautiful creations are in our area. Let that light of Christ shine as you share the joys that surround you. You might be the only bright spot in a traveler's otherwise weary day.

Just like the snow we each have a destiny. Snow is beautiful to see as it covers all the ugly things on the earth around us. Snow makes a difference. God wants us to make a difference.

Snow comes from God. It falls because of him. For our lives to really mean something to this world we need to develop a relationship with our creator God.

For those already worn out from all this snow, take heart, James 4: 14, "Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appeareth for a little time and then vanisheth away."

Snow falls and because of that fall our earth is better. When we fall on our knees our world becomes better. Our contribution becomes more significant as we become more faithful. Snow is a "treasure" from God; how much more then are you a treasure?

(The opinions of this article are those of the author and not necessarily those of The Inter-Mountain, the Randolph County Ministerial Association or the author's church affiliation.)



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