Snow blankets the world beyond my office window this morning. Traffic on the main road nearby is nearly nil—it seems people are choosing to stay home today rather than risk driving in icy conditions.
I made that choice early this morning, too. I was supposed to attend a Think Referral Network meeting in a neighboring city. When the alarm went off at 5:30,my husband looked out the window, saw the weather and said, “There’s no way I’m letting you drive alone on these roads.”
We set out at 6:20 AM, allowing 60 minutes for the 30-minute drive. The Trans-Canada highway was a mess, visibility was poor, and cars crept along at about 40 km/hr (25 mph). The radio traffic reporter told of school closures and cars in the ditch. “Stay home if you don’t absolutely need to go out today,” she warned.
Better safe than sorry, we reasoned. We took the first exit and retraced our route to the welcoming warmth and safety of our townhouse.
My day’s plans aren’t what I’d expected, but that’s okay. Instead of attending the meeting, I’m home today—working in my office, doing laundry, and cooking a pot of ham, potato, and green bean soup. The warmth makes me grateful for God’s protection. The savory aroma reminds me of His constant provision. The freshly-fallen whiteness reminds me of His promise to wash my sinful self whiter than snow. Not “as white as snow,” but whiter.
Rather than stress about the changed plans, I’ll embrace them as an opportunity to enjoy the unexpected and to rest in God’s sovereignty.
“Thank you, God, for every good and perfect gift. I feel enveloped by Your lavish love today.”
Last week, a reader sent me the words she speaks every morning. They, too, remind me of God’s love for His children. They blessed me richly, so I asked her permission to share them with you. She kindly agreed. (Thank you, Darlene).
“The light of God surrounds me.
The love of God enfolds me.
The power of God protects me.
The Spirit of God watches over me.
Wherever I am, God is.”
Whatever your day holds, my friend, I pray you’ll be consciously aware that God is holding you. By the way, what does your day hold? How has God evidenced His love for you?