to. rejoice. right. now.
... because my house is buried in snow. My yard is no longer recognizable. My driveway has morphed into a roofless tunnel with frozen walls of ice, 3 and 4 feet high. My gardens have disappeared, and my laundry room, oh my laundry room... it's littered with snow boots and coats and hats galore, and there's simply no end in sight! I've dried sopping wet gloves more times than I care to count... when, oh when, can we call this quits?
And through it all, I know... I KNOW... that as a believer, I'm called to "Rejoice in the Lord always." Yes, Paul even emphasizes this point lest I try to ignore his exhortation, "I will say it again: Rejoice! (Phil. 4:4)"
But. oh. my. goodness. Sometimes that is so. very. hard.
Sometimes, my circumstances just don't help me out very well.
Case in point: even as I type, snow pours down upon us. This past weekend the heavens dumped over two feet on our city; this current storm looks like a repeat performance. Only this go round, we'll cope with blizzard force winds, too.
Ugh. As I've said so many times over the past few days-- Florida sounds really nice right about now. But alas, no. This is where the Lord has planted us, and this brutal winter is what He has supplied. For now.
Spring. WILL. come.
Indeed, it will.
But in the meantime, I'll trust Him when He says that He'll never hand me more than I can handle WITH Him... and to that I'll cling!
So over the next several hours-- as the snowflakes bluster to the ground, as the trees moan & groan under the weight of it all, as the outdoor critters seek shelter & warmth amidst the storm-- I'll be rejoicing. Because that's what I'm called to do. At all times and in all things. And with the strength of His Almighty hand (cause that's what it's gonna take right now :), I'll be singing praises... all. day. long.
Can't wait to see what tomorrow brings... my guess is it'll be white :)