My kids are getting used to snow days and are especially fond of any days the snow causes school to be cancelled. With news of another snow storm last night my kids added extra prayers to their bedtime routine for a day off of school. As we watched the flurries start around supper time, Jordan said, “It’s off to a good start!”
Shoveling oatmeal into her mouth this morning, Maddi pouted, “It’s not off to a good start.” The realization that there weren’t enough inches to stop the school buses from operating had changed some of my children’s joy for the snow.
My dad sent me a photo this morning that he titled, Beautiful.
It reminds me of a verse my kids and I have been memorizing, “Give thanks in everything for this is God’s will for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18. A verse that can often be misinterpreted with the idea that everything that happens to us is God’s will, therefore we should be thankful. Instead, I believe the verse distinctly means God’s will for us is actually in the guidance to give thanks. A heart of appreciation brings healing.
The idea to give thanks doesn’t mean we understand why bad things happen in life or that God wants or wills those bad things to happen. We live in an imperfect world where unfortunately imperfection abounds. My heart has been heavy from the loss created by the Boston Marathon bombings. I will never be convinced this evil was God’s will. Instead the instruction to be thankful reminds me to see the good in life. To be amazed by the outstretch of comfort provided by our nation’s community to help those who are suffering. To be thankful for life and another chance today to live it. To be thankful for teachers who teach my children new things. To be thankful for the snow that helps me ever more love the sun.
“Beautiful” Snowfall April 2013 Photo by: Larry Vander Poel