Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Snow in Texas!

It doesn't happen very often, but this was the scene outside my window about nine o'clock last night. Big, fat flakes layered everything in white. Beautiful.

Hard to believe that only a couple days ago it was eighty degrees. I had resigned myself to the fact that I wouldn't see any wintry precipitation at all this year. Oh, they had a few flakes on Thanksgiving, but I wasn't here to see it. Then they forecasted the possibility of flurries for last night. Yeah, right. I've heard that before. Then, yesterday afternoon, they issued a snow advisory for our area. Hmm, this was sounding a little more promising. Still, we were on the outer edges of the advisory range. Skepticism at it's best :-)

The rain that had fallen through Sunday night and into Monday dissipated. The streets dried, thanks to a blustery north wind. But with that wind came falling temps. By the time I picked up my son from school, it was spitting again. Before long, we had full-fledged sprinkles. Around five-ish we had sleet. Then, about seven-thirty, eight o'clock, it all turned to snow. Minute by minute the flakes grew bigger. Next thing you know, I've got two little boys in the backyard having a snowball fight when they should be in bed.

By the time I went to bed, it was over. But God had brought me those big, fluffy flakes that He knows I love and recall from my childhood. And I was skeptical.

It's a fine line between getting our hopes up and trusting, isn't it? God tells us that with the faith of a mustard seed, we can move mountains. Yet often times, that minuscule amount of faith is hard to come by.

Yesterday, I really wanted that snow. Heck, I wanted a blizzard. Yet all I really wanted was to see those big flakes--to know that God had heard me. I knew my prayers for snow were selfish. I wouldn't be on the roads, but there were others who would be. My selfish prayer/request could be putting someone in danger. So I changed my prayer. "Your will, God. Your will."

Don't you know, He so desperately wanted to give me my request. Yet what He wanted even more was my relinquishing to His good and perfect will.

How many of you entered ACFW's Genesis contest? How many of you want to final, even win? You know it won't make or break your writing career, yet you just want that validation. But maybe there's someone else out there who's about to give up on writing. Their faith is waning. They're questioning if God really wants them to do this or not. Which person needs that win more?

Luckily, it's not our call. No matter what we do, whatever struggles we may face, whatever mountain we think we can't climb, or chapter is too tough to get through, relinquish it to the One who already knows the outcome. The One who said, "For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."


  1. I sure miss the snow, too, Mindy. A lovely blanketing of pristine white snow, covering for just a short time the regular surroundings.

    Alas, I didn't get anything but a few scrawny flakes that dissipated before they touched the ground.


  2. Aw man. Bummer Jen. You mean Ft. Worth missed out? I need to call baby girl up in Denton and see how much she got. From the news, it looked like a good bit.

  3. That scripture passage is the one in the front of my current wip! I love it. Thanks, Mindy.


  4. Sooooo, you're the reason it was 70 yesterday and snowing today in Colorado.

  5. LOL, we got dumped on. Just our little valley. Missoula had a tad. We got about 8 inches and we are only 5 miles outside the city!

  6. Angie, are you trying to make me jealous? :-D

  7. Mindy, Cousin Wendy thanks you, your storm is hitting here tomorrow and they say the worst of the winter ! We are still in a state of emergency with over 47,000 in the county with no power ! We got ours back on tonight, finally no showers at work etc.....but cant even buy groveries for tomorrows storm as all the stores have no power either !!!! Keep it in Texas !!!