Have you ever had one of those moments were it seems as if the world is still and paused just for you?
Fresh snow has that effect on me. When I was in college, I used to work the late shift at Subway, getting off work at 2 or 3 in the morning and then walking the few blocks back to my apartment. I never really minded the walk … it usually gave me some time to clear my head as I jammed to my headphones. I remember one night when it had started to snow just before closing time. My co-worker offered me a ride home, but I declined. I like the snow, and it wasn’t a long walk. After walking halfway home, I was
compelled forced struck called to remove my headphones. and listen. Just listen.
I walked a little slower that day. Not sure exactly what I was listening for … but just listening. When I got home, I set my stuff down inside and went back out and sat on the balcony for a little while … just looking, feeling, and hearing the snow. It provided a calm that is indescribable.
We had our first snowfall of the season last night here in Chicago-land. As I strolled in to my apartment last night, the snow was just dusting the ground. The night was still. The snow was sparkling. Not a soul to be seen. Not a footstep to be heard. Quiet. Still. In that moment, I was called to listen once again.
I don’t know what it is about the snowfall that makes my heart light, but it is definitely something that I love. I love that feeling. The snow being a gentle, loving reminder to stop, smile, and enjoy. I love the sound of snow. I hope you have the chance to experience that stillness as we enter into the holiday season.
until next time, friends…
He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” ~Psalm 46:10