Saturday, February 15, 2014

Storm Pax...what a gift!

                  "Purge me with hyssop and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be white as snow." Psalm 51:7

I don't know about you guys...but I absolutely loved being snowed in this week. When the snow was falling I was soaking it all in and enjoying being cooped up so warm and cozy inside with coffee in hand, and enjoying looking out the window and just watching it all fall with my loves! It was absolutely beautiful and so breathtaking. It was suppose to be a snow storm of some sort...the media called it Storm Pax, but boy...was it more of a gift to me than any storm. I loved watching as the blanket of snow covered our backyard in just mere hours. I kept taking pictures every hour, literally on the hour, so we could see the difference in hours past, and it was just so wonderful to enjoy this time with our son because it was his first snow he would get to experience. My heart was so full those three days watching his little face light up every time he would run to the back door and then I would giggle my heart out as he would press his nose and lips up against the cold glass...breathing in and out, creating little nose and lip prints. I couldn't help but wonder to myself what he thought of all of this? It was also so sweet seeing my husband and him for the first time running out into our front yard laughing and catching snowflakes on their gloves and tongue's. Growing up my mother always told me when it snowed "it was the angel's shedding their wings." I can remember catching a snowflake on my tongue, and being so excited because I was tasting a little something from heaven. I always loved believing that...and I still to this day love to believe that.

But, something else occurred during this particular white winter wonderland we had in Charlotte this past week. Something that I have been needing for a while. So much has happened in such a short amount of time that has left me emotionally exhausted, overwhelmed and just longing for Jesus to fill me up again. I just dealt with the passing of my dear sweet Grandmother last month, who is also my first grandparent to pass, and I have been heartbroken for my Grandfather who was her soul-mate for almost 60 years that has been so broken hearted to no longer have his best-friend. I have also had family members who have been in and out of the hospital and just people I know who are in need of healing. We also just had our second little miracle a few months back and although she has brought so much more joy to our home and increased the love in our hearts by ten fold it has been an adjustment period on us all and to say it hasn't even a little bit...I'd be totally lying. So with all of this I haven't had time to truly stop, to really soak in God's goodness or really even His word in a while.  So I needed a bit of freshness, an newness if you spirit was just yearning for Jesus. So it did my spirit so good to have Storm Pax pass our way...because God met me right in the midst of it.

The snow was a perfect reminder to me that God is who He says He is, that in Christ there is always freshness, and newness of life, and that He longs to wash our crimson stained sins white as snow. How marvelous is it that the same God who loves us and created us is the same God who sends the rain, forms the clouds, stretches the skies, and send's the sweetest, white snowfall?!? Glory!

This week was so needed and I could not be more thankful to God for this week! I caught myself several times this week singing the words, "Jesus paid it all...all to Him I owe; sin had left a crimson stain, He washed it white as snow"....this same white color of snow that fell from the sky He made, and covered my back yard He created. If that doesn't bring someone a freshness in the spirit and a revival to their soul...then I truly don't know what will.

On ending thoughts, Storm Pax was such a gift for me this week. I know for some it was an unfortunate time. There were many without power, and stranded for hours and days in places other than their own home, and my heart and prayers truly went out to those people, but I needed a freshness and a newness in my spirit...a little revival and just time with the Lord and time with my sweet little family, and I am so thankful that He chose to reveal Himself to me through His creation, and to revive my spirit through this beautiful snow He sent.... truly did give me a freshness and newness in my spirit, and it was a beautiful reminder to me that what a price He paid to wash my sins white as snow.

Storm Pax 2014, Charlotte, NC 

Thank you Lord!

ps. Thank you Grandma for shedding your wings this week. :)

"Jesus paid it all, 
All to Him I owe;
Sin had left a crimson stain, 
He washed it white as snow."