Snow Thoughts (or Whines)

Published on Jan 27th, 2016 by Pastor Ed Hlad | 0
Snow Thoughts (or Whines)

Snow Thoughts (or Whines)

Over twenty inches of snow!  I know some of you out there like the snow, but, come on!  (We are going to use a lot of exclamation points today!!!)  Twenty inches of snow reminds me of Numbers 11 where the people of Israel were complaining because they did not have meat to eat and things were better when they were slaves in Egypt. They complained to God and so God came and gave them meat.  He told them he was going to give them enough meat, “until it comes out at your nostrils and it becomes loathsome to you.”  All of you who were complaining that it was sixty degrees in December and that you wanted some snow… well, God answered your prayers and complaints.  I saw some of your pictures on Facebook…you literally had snow coming out of your noses!!  I know that you believe God answered your prayers but in reality God cursed you for your complaining.  At least that is how I see it.  By the way, how come all the pictures I see are of frolicking children, cute snowmen, sledding, or snowball fights?  How come there is never a picture of dad out there at three in the morning with the snow blower trying to “get ahead” of the snow?  Or how about GoPro videos of the poor guy who has to shovel for four hours just to be able to get out of the driveway to go to work?  No, these are never shown or spoken about in public.  We are fed the cheery pictures of hot chocolate and family time, of children laughing as they sled down a hill, of my puppy discovering snow for the first time.  It is all designed to get us excited about snow which leads to our complaining when we do not have snow at Christmas which leads to God hearing our complaints and giving us enough snow to come out our noses.  Bah Humbug.

Wow, once you get going with some of those thoughts they seem to come from very dark places in your soul.  It is kind of amazing how fast complaining and murmuring can come. Before you judge me too quickly, remember that those of you who love snow were seriously complaining when there was none.  I was happier and you were less than satisfied.  Now I am less than satisfied but you are happier.  Just because it snowed.  I wish I could say that on this side of heaven that we will have victory over these kinds of attitudes.  But the truth is that this is a battle we will never be done fighting.  Until we get to heaven, that is.  The Israelites battled it, the disciples battled it, and we will battle it.  Yes, the victory has been won by Jesus on the cross, but we will battle applying that victory to our hearts until we die.  A big part of our sinful nature is just like Lucifer’s.  He looked around heaven, experienced the joy of living in a place that God created and was totally in charge of and wanted more. We have to battle that same mentality.

That is why it is so important that we live together.  My days of finding great fun in frolicking in the snow are over and so I see twenty inches of snow as a hassle.  But I love seeing children enjoying themselves.  I laughed out loud as my dog bounded through the snow.  I needed to see their joy in order to once again appreciate that which I thought was a hassle.  God has brought us together so that we can see a fuller picture of who he is.  He created the church so that we can encourage one another and spur each other on to better things (Heb 10:24, 25). You may be totally bummed by a day of rain that ruined your plans but when you hang out with your farmer friend you can see the blessing that the rain was for him today.  I may have been bummed by the amount of snow that fell but others saw the beauty.  Their enthusiasm made me stop and see the beauty of the clean snow.  I appreciated that.  My neighbors came and plowed us out.  My heart was warmed by that.  Those blessings came because of living together.  There is great joy in that.

So what did we learn today?  If there is no snow…do not complain.  Then maybe God will bless us with 1 or 2 inches so that we can see the beauty of the fallen snow and not have it come out of our nostrils.  Yes, I believe that is what we learned today.

 

 

 

 

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