December 29, 2012

Snowed In

Posted in Christianity at 8:14 pm by Staci Hart Mauney

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Lilly playing in the snow

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble…” (Psalm 46:1)

Like many across the country, our area of Oklahoma was blanketed by snow this week. Even though we received only a few inches of snow, it seemed like much more as the winds blew and drifts piled high. Blizzard warnings were issued and whiteout conditions existed for much of the afternoon and evening on Christmas day, and even now, much of the snow remains, which is unusual for a state where the weather is usually below freezing one day and 60 degrees the next.

At first, Lilly, my Yorkshire terrier, refused to go outside for more than ten seconds. The cold! The wind! The snow! It was all too unusual and frightening. Then, as the snow remained and she realized it wasn’t going away, she began to venture further out into it and for longer periods of time – for thirty seconds, then one minute, then two. Finally, on day four of our snow-covered backyard, she actually began to play and explore freely in the snow. She began to forge new paths – as if maybe this wasn’t such a bad thing after all.

Many times, we are like Lilly when confronted with something unusual. So many times, I have let a fear of the unknown hold me back when I should turn my fear over to God. Instead of forging ahead and living life to the fullest, I hesitate and possibly miss out on what could be a wonderful blessing that the Lord has in store for me. I pray that as the New Year approaches, we all will reach out with both hands for the life that the Lord has for us – the life Jesus died to give us – and begin living our lives with freedom and boldness in Christ.

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