Yesterday (Thursday) was the first snow day in our area of the winter. Most of the schools were closed in the state as we anticipated somewhere between 6 to 10 inches of snow. I think here in Piscataway we got maybe 6 or 7 inches. I don’t really take snow days off even when we have a serious snowfall as I live right next door to the church. But even though I don’t take snow days I do enjoy them anyway. One of the things that I enjoy about snow days is how quiet everything gets and how everything slows down. I observed very little traffic yesterday on the roads by church and it was very quiet in the church office as well. Snow days remind me of what the psalmist says in Psalm 46 when he writes: “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress”. Selah (v.10,11 NIV). When the Scriptures talk of “being still” they are referring to sitting down and quietly waiting in patience for the Lord to move. It is the idea of us stopping our own vain efforts to try to serve the Lord and acknowledging that Jehovah is God.
Why I enjoy snow days is that in the quietness of the church office I can listen for the voice of God to speak into my heart and life without the normal noisy distractions. I’m also confident that I won’t be doing any visitation so I can focus on my studies that are at hand. Being still before God speaks of having an inward frame in our hearts that’s cultivating a calm and quiet submission. When the earth is blanketed with snow it is the sovereign pleasure of God to slow our world down. Last year when we had our monster snowstorm everything stopped for the whole weekend. I did have a snow day that Sunday as there was no one who was going to becoming to church when we had nearly 30 inches of snow. But again it is God who ordains and controls the weather. When my children were younger and we had a snow day we would just make it a game day all day. We would just play one game after another enjoying each other’s company. Yesterday I enjoyed watching my cats watch at the snow (picture enclosed). They found it rather entertaining, which I found amusing. We live in such a fast-paced world with a hectic schedule filled up with many activities and responsibilities. But sometimes it’s good just to be quiet and let the Lord speak into our hearts and lives. That’s what I use snow days for. To sit at God’s feet and consider His amazing divinity and to worship Him is one of the pleasures I experience on snow days. In the book of Psalms, the little word, “Selah” has come to be understood as a musical pause or to stop and think about what has just been said. Remember the book of Psalms is really a songbook for the ancient Hebrews. Every once in a while God gives us a pause, time to just be quiet and enjoy His presence. Sitting at God’s feet and knowing that He is the one who controls our destiny and controls our world can give us a fresh vision of how we may serve Jesus with faithfulness and courage. I hope you enjoyed your snow day yesterday. But even more I hope that you have found the peace that passes understanding through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. He is the one that we need to stop and think about. He is the one that we need to meditate on and worship for His great sacrifice on our behalf. What a joy it is to know Jesus and to spend time with Him in quietness and worship. What are you doing with your snow days?
Pastor Rich Sivo