What Are You Waiting For?

Snow Days

If you live in a snow belt state, you probably know first-hand the unbridled joy every kid feels on a snow day. But the hours waiting for that official call always seem endless.

In our corner of Virginia, the Public Information Officer for our school district is a local celebrity. Parents and kids alike await his phone calls before every storm. His witty recordings have earned him a huge fan following, and dozens of memes have been created in his honor. Read more about him here.

Delayed Reward

When I was a kid, there were no robocalls announcing school was closed. There was no crawler on our black and white TV, and no website to visit. We turned on WBZ radio in Boston and listened while Gary LaPierre read through the list of towns with school closures. He read at the speed of a seasoned auctioneer — in alphabetical order. If you left the room, or there was static on the airwaves, you had to wait until the list began again. I felt sorry for kids in Yarmouth. That was a long wait for them!

If you grew up before there was internet, cable TV or cell phones, you get it. Waiting was a normal, everyday part of life. But today, we want everything now! We can’t stand waiting for anything.

Practicing Patience

In Romans, Paul writes,

“ . . . Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.” – Romans‬ ‭8:24c-25

Personally speaking I’m not sure that “patiently” describes how I wait. But I try to be patient while I hope for what is to come.

But what does that have to do with snow days?

Ahhhh. Well, what if our personal growth is shaped by the hope we feel during all the waits in life, snow day calls included? Perhaps we grow by learning to wait for what we do not have. We gain strength by hoping for something we have not seen. If we have only heard about something, or perhaps experienced just a glimpse of it, then we anticipate how great it will be!

That is how I view eternity. Think of the best snow day ever, the best vacation, or happiest memory of your life. None of those can even begin to compare what awaits us at the end of our days on earth.

But rest assured, it will be worth every moment of the wait.

Snow Day

It’s March 14th. The daffodils and forsythia bushes are blooming here in the DC region. It wasn’t the best timing for a snowstorm, but it turned out to be a good day to work from home.

The 6 to 10 inches of snow that was forecasted fell north and west of us. My brother had all snow in Winchester, VA. We ended up with an icy, slushy mess.

After 90 minutes of scraping and shoveling, I was ready for a break. I set up my workstation at the kitchen table where I could also keep an eye on the activity in our back yard. We threw cracked corn and sunflower seeds on top of the hard crust of snow and in no time at all our patio was covered with feathered friends. Our visitors included two pair of Northern Cardinals, dozens of Dark-Eyed Juncos, and Mourning Doves. The suet station was busy too with Downy Woodpeckers and Carolina Wrens. My favorites are always the chickadees!

Our kitty, Nicky (20 years old!) watching the birds.

 

I worked most of the day on rebuilding our church website. I’m not a “techie”, so this is no small task. I enjoy a good challenge though!

Our daughter had the day off from work so she ventured out once the roads were clear. She came back a while later with special treats for us, wishing us “Happy Pi Day!” (Giving a shout out to Mom’s Apple Pie in Leesburg, VA) Who can resist a slice of Butter Pecan Apple Crumb Pie? That was my signal for a coffee break.

I’m ending this Snow Day knitting a scarf for my daughter. I started it almost a year ago but ran out of yarn. She found a skein of the exact same yarn on clearance at AC Moore last week so now I have no more excuses. Of course who would think you would still need to wear a scarf on March 14th?