Winter definitely has not loosened it's grip here in Minnesota. Despite the recent warm temperatures, I am still looking out at a very respectable blanket of deep snow. Icicles are hanging down the jagged monster teeth and we haven't seen the sun here for days it seems.
Today, as I look at the little woods out my window, everything looks dead. Trees stand in stark contrast against the snow, their boughs swaying in the wind. The squirrels which were frolicking about earlier this week are nowhere to be seen. I have a hunch where they are though. If I look directly out my second floor window, I can see a large squirrel's nest swaying back and forth and I know that they are tucked inside... safe and warm.
I too am in my own "squirrel's nest" of sorts, snuggled up with a cozy quilt. Until church this evening, there is little need to go outside. Instead, I will tend to things inside, fix a big pot of chicken stew with dumplings and curl up by the fire. Outside, the blustery winds will blow, the snow will come but I will be tucked safely inside.
In this life, the sun will not always be shining. In fact, you may find yourself facing fierce, cold winter storms more than once! Oh, I know it is hard not to be overwhelmed by the ice, snow, wind and bitter cold but we always need to remember that regardless of what we think or feel, regardless of what the enemy may say, we are tucked away in Him. He is our shelter in the time of storm.
Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
This I declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him. Psalm 91:1-2 (NLT)
Lovely analogy! And I can certainly remember and associate your description of MN weather :) Yet their is part of me that misses it. Yes, I must be insane, right? But there is beauty in all of God's creation in all seasons.
Wonderful Psalm to share for such a perfect analogy...
May He continue to keep you protected and wrapped so gently in His arms.
A living stone, Anita