It is the evening of April 14th and the snow is still falling. It has been falling all day and in fact, we are under a blizzard warning for the next 24 hours. At times I have barely been able to see my next door neighbor's house and there is currently about half a foot of snow on my deck.
Driving conditions and visibility were deteriorating so much that only the early service was held at my church today. That one was recorded and my husband and I will watch it online tomorrow morning. All other services were cancelled as travel is much too dangerous. Driving in snow is one thing. People here are used to that. Driving in white-out conditions is another.
While winters in Minnesota are long and harsh, it is not supposed to be like this in April. While it is not unusual to still get snow in April, a blizzard in April is uncommon. Snow is supposed to be melting in April and perhaps, if you are lucky, you might even see some violets peeping out. It is not supposed to be this way, but this year, it is.
I got my natural gas bill today and learned that the daily average temperature for this period has been nearly 20 degrees colder than last year. I have a pro-rated gas bill which was reviewed this month so needless to say that for the next six months, my gas bill increased by $31.00 a month. Sigh...
Snow has been around since early December and it is now April. It still looks like December out there. Maybe the calendar is broken.
I can't help but think that sometimes there are seasons of our lives that are long. When they are pleasant seasons, they can't be long enough but when they are unpleasant... yeah. They can't be short enough.
Somewhere there are birds singing and the flowers are blooming. The grass is green and the sun is bright and warm. I know this to be true and I know that someday that will happen where I live but at the moment, it is hard to believe it. Try as you might, it is very hard to believe that spring will ever come when all you have are freezing temperatures and an April blizzard.
God decreed that winter would not last forever. It seems like it will but I know that it cannot. Granted, we might pretty much skip spring this year and jump right into summer. That has happened before!
I must also remember that the "seasons of winter" that I may experience are not forever either. I must remember that there is coming a day when God will declare that winter has ended once and for all and when He does so, He will wipe away every tear. Winter may be long... but it is not forever.