Thoughts On A Blustery Winter-Like Night

The cold front slammed into our town just as my husband and I arrived at church. We knew it was coming so we were prepared for the onslaught. Snowflakes filled the air and my husband started to rehearse his "It's too cold here and I can't help it if you have anti-freeze instead of blood in your veins, we're moving" speech. I've heard it every year since we moved back to my native state of Minnesota over 25 years ago. We're still here. I think he's afraid I'd melt :)

The ground is too warm for snow to stick. Although it's 39 degrees right now, we're getting wind gusts of up to 45 mph. My cat insisted on trying to go out this afternoon. The moment I opened the door, he bolted back towards the fireplace. I joined him and curled up by the fire for a few hours. The wind howled and the windows rattled but I was snug and warm, sheltered from the blustery weather. In fact, I felt so secure and comfortable that both the cat and I took a little cat nap as well.

Later, as is my custom on days such as this, I made a pot of chicken stew with dumplings. I keep the ingredients on hand in the winter as this is our favorite comfort food in weather like this. In Minnesota weather like this is the norm this time of year.

As I feasted on chicken stew I couldn't help but feel thankful. Cold, stormy weather raged around me but I was safe and warm. I was feasting on my favorite cold weather comfort food and it was good if I do say so myself. 😉

I started thinking about the storms I've faced this past year. This has not been an easy year for me or my family. At times I was fighting for my very life and there are no promises that I won't ever have to face it again. However, nearly eleven months later, I'm still here. I still am filled with hope for what God is going to do in my life. I'm remembering that I won't get off the stage of this life until the Director (God) tells me to exit the stage. Even then, it's not over. I'm only moving onto the biggest and best thing I can possibly imagine...forever.

God has not let me down. He has heard my cries in the night. He has not left me to wander alone in the dark. The storm may rage around me but I am safe and secure in him. Truly the joy of the Lord is our strength!

Isn't it wonderful that we can sing in the midst of the storm? Isn't it wonderful that we can be filled with joy and hope in spite of our circumstances? Isn't it wonderful that we don't have to walk alone?

In the midst of the storm, dare to believe. Dare to stretch out your hand. Dare to trust. Dare to step out into the water. After all, what do you really have to lose?
[bible]Psalms 107:28-30[/bible] K:princess:

Alison Stewart @kiwibird ·

Bless you heaps K! I can almost taste the chicken stew... We say together "It is well, it is well, with my soul". There is only one place from which that peace comes, and praise God, we know where it is.

Alison Stewart @kiwibird ·

Bless you heaps K! I can almost taste the chicken stew... We say together "It is well, it is well, with my soul". There is only one place from which that peace comes, and praise God, we know where it is.

Shirley Hooper @mumbly ·

What an incredible blog, k.

You are an inspiration.

Yes that lovely old hymn "It is well, it is well with my soul" sure sums it all up.

Thank you, and I know God will be with you.