THANKFUL FOR THE SNOW? WELL, NOT REALLY…
“…In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
Northeastern Ohio, end of February. After several important snow episodes already this year, we got another big one dumped on us. The weather is the talk of the day. Most people are tired of the snow and are anxiously waiting for Spring. Most comments about the snow are in the form of complaints, and it’s really easy to fall into complaining right along with all the other snow-weary people around us!
Today as I was shoveling the driveway to make it a little wider, my thoughts went back to my Mom. Rewinding a few decades, the conversation would go something like this: “Mom, I need new shoes.” She would gently respond to my whining with “Just be thankful you have feet. Some people don’t, you know.” Eyes rolled, and I would sigh because it seemed like she just didn’t get it. Now I understand that I was the one who didn’t get it!
Tired of the snow? Wish I didn’t have to shovel any more? Would rather be in Florida with my brother Russ and not have to deal with it? Yes, yes, and yes. All of the above. But I simply had to remember Mom, and to look across the street to see our neighbor’s house to start counting my blessings. You see, because of a virus she had some five years ago, our neighbor Ann is paralyzed from her rib cage down. From her bed, she can see me. I wondered if she was thinking “I wish I could shovel snow just one more time.” Right then, in my mind, I started counting my blessings. I chose to be thankful, and here are some of the reasons:
- I am healthy enough to get out to shovel snow. That means not only I’m not paralyzed like our neighbor Ann, but I have arms, legs, feet, hands, eyes, everything I need to shovel!
- I have a shovel.
- I have a wonderful husband who always does more than his share. In fact, he did it all except for making it wider. I agreed to do that.
- I have a warm coat.
- I have warm gloves.
- I have a warm hat.
- I have warm shoes.
- We have our own home. And it is warm!
- We have a driveway.
- We have two vehicles. That’s why I was making it wider.
- I had a tissue in my pocket for…well, I’m so healthy that cold wind makes my nose drip!
Thankful for the snow? Not really, but thankful that Mom instilled the teaching of the Apostle Paul in us, and that thankful attitude is what encouraged me today to keep shoveling!