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“He says to the snow, ‘Fall on the earth,’ and to the rain shower, ‘Be a mighty downpour.’ So that everyone he has made may know his work, he stops all people from their labor.” – Job 37:6-7 (NIV)
I watched four vehicles try to go down our street, Saturday, in the midst of the blizzard. Two were successful. Two had to, with great effort and risk of damaging other people’s property, turn back.
I wondered what those people were doing out. Did they really have some place they needed to go, or were they just out driving to prove they could? Who knows? As for me, I was content to sit, relax, and actually enjoy the beauty of the snow. I didn’t even shovel because, after all, where was I going to go?
In the book of Job, snow gets a few mentions. The above verses are part of a larger “nature hymn” that speaks to the difference between God’s control over the elements and our inability to do anything about them. It serves as a reminder to us of our Creator’s power and of our dependence on Him.
In light of our weather situation, God has done a pretty good job of showing us his power. We are indeed shut down and shut in. Is that, however, such a bad thing?
The last part of the passage says, “He stops all people from their labor.” While that might be interpreted as something bad, I actually think it can also be beneficial.
We have a hard time slowing ourselves down. Sometimes God has to do it for us. So, instead of complaining about the snow and being cooped up, maybe we should be thanking God for slowing us down and for the time it allowed us to sit and read, play with our children, share a meal together, or watch a movie? Times we would have missed had it not been for the blizzard.
Did you really miss anything, this weekend, because of the snow? Most likely you did not. In reality, you might have gained more than you realize.