I know it’s not a popular stance to take, but I think winter and snow and cold are wonderful! Part of the reason for my position is that with all of the planting, growing, weeding, watering and putting up we do during warmer months, winter is a season of rest for me. The other part of the reason for my position is that I find winter refreshing. I like the change in scenery and the change of pace.
Indiana is under a winter storm warning for most of today. We’ve already gotten a covering of ice, and more is falling. Several inches of snow are forecasted once the ice moves out. Temperatures have already fallen 30 degrees since this time yesterday, and I think the prediction is for them to drop another 15-20 degrees. It’s gonna get cold.
For part of the kids’ schooling today, they’re studying Winter in Indiana 101. Fill jugs with water. Open and close vehicle, barn and garage doors every 30 minutes to prevent freezing. Salt the breezeway. Take showers. Run a load of laundry. Charge phones and laptops. We even made ahead hamburger patties and scrubbed potatoes for supper so that they can be thrown on the grill if we lose electricity. Our preparation will probably prevent any power outage for our area. (Yes, neighbors, you’re welcome.)
I am so thankful for our warm home, a closetful of blankets and running water. Our freezers, refrigerator and pantry are well-stocked and we have plenty of split logs ready for the woodstove. We are so blessed to be able to hunker down with good books, a variety of games and pleasant company to wait out whatever comes our way. We even have puppies for snuggling and entertainment!
For those who are not so fortunate, Lord, please offer them Your protection. Warm them, feed them and shelter them through the hands and feet of Your people. Let none of us neglect to do our part.