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Why I Love a Snow Day

I missed the weather forecast last week. Went to bed all normal like – woke up with snow and no school. The littles at my house were SO excited. Guess what…me too! I love snow days.
But, why?
On the surface there isn’t much to love. I get behind on work. I end the day exhausted. Our house is littered with snow clothes and muddy boots. At some point, nearly everyone cries. The extended sibling time leads to unnecessary squabbles. In nearly every way snow days should be met with an mournful, “OH NO!”
But, not at our house – we jump out of bed and run to the window anxious to see what the day might bring. Again, why?
Maybe it is the uniqueness of the day. As parents, we try really hard to make snow days special.
We cook – great food (mostly bacon).
We play – inside, outside, all day.
We watch movies – this time it was Big Hero 6.
We stay up late – and watch more movies.
We talk – as a family and with our neighbors (who we should see more often).
Maybe the reason I love a snow day is because a snow day is a giant PAUSE button in the middle of our chaos. For a frozen moment everything gets laid down. Work. School. Routine. Obligation. And, our family plays.
In the calm and peace of a freshly fallen snow, we connect with one another. Isn’t it strange that we find such joy in a forced moment of calm? God comes to us this way often. God came to Elijah this way.
And [God] said, “Go out and stand on the mount before the LORD.” And behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind tore the mountains and broke in pieces the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind. And after the wind an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. And after the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire the sound of a low whisper. (1 Kings 19:11-12)
Outside of the chaos Elijah met with God.
How about, for a moment, we pause – even if the snow makes us – and enjoy each other and our God who comes to us in a whisper.  In the calm of forced family fellowship God was still at work revealing His best for His people.
Chris Lawson

Founder of, husband to Merri, father to Adam, Ellie, and Zachary, and executive pastor @reynoldachurch. Lives to make Jesus famous. He enjoys watching the Atlanta Braves and UNC basketball, as well as demeaning and insulting whatever sports teams you root for. He knows a disturbing amount about television and movies.

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