Snowflakes and Life’s Lessons: Embracing God’s Plans
written by Debbie Milton
I really like snow! Yes, I do!
Well, actually I like snow as long as I get to enjoy it from the warmth of the indoors!
And, okay, I like snow if it’s not on the roads when I have to drive somewhere.
And, oh yes, I like the bright, white snow and not the slushy, dirty, messy snow that has been run over by lots of cars and trucks.
But I really like snow! Yes, I do!
If you’re catching my message here, it comes down to this:
I like snow when I like it, where I like it, and how I like it.
Otherwise, obviously, not so much!
As I contemplated this reality, I recognized that this is often the same attitude that I have when I approach what God sends me in my life.
I want to see His hand at work in my behalf through the good things He sends, not the trials.
I would rather learn of His love than of His consolation, know His grace more than His chastening, or experience His goodness more than His comfort.
I want to watch victories, not losses.
I want to hear the sound of laughter, not crying.
I’d rather rejoice with those who rejoice than to weep with those who weep.
But that is not always God’s plan.
I know that in this life we endure trials, sufferings, and loss, and yet, we have a loving God Whose ear is listening (Psalm 34:15), Whose hand is stretched forth, and Whose heart is touched with the feelings of our infirmities (Hebrews 4:15).
What a GREAT GOD we serve!
He loved us when we were unlovely (Romans 5:8), and He will accomplish His purpose in us as we seek His face every day (Philippians 1:6). In every difficulty, we know that He has gone before, and there is never a reason to doubt the sufficiency of God or to think that there is anything that “out-powers His omnipotence.”
While I’d rather build the snowman than to shovel the snow away,