There’s snow business like snow business.
Seems like snow is on everyone’s mind lately and in front of our eyes too as the white stuff is making an appearance from the Midwest to the South and back again in my neck of the woods.
Cold weather has been a staple here, as it usually is in the winter months and that lacy-looking precipitation has covered the ground for many weeks. A little snow squall is working its way by my house even now as I write this.
My oldest daughter lives in the Deep South. Snowflakes dancing through the air aren’t the norm there, but much of the south is currently blanketed by the flurrying stuff. Daughter was slightly amused Sunday night when she texted me that her employer was closing down for Monday because of a “wintry mix” settling in the area – her first “snow day” there!
After the snow arrived, she was even more amused as evidenced by this status update on her Facebook page: “Seen in my parking lot: one guy staring at his snow-covered truck like he has no clue what to do about it, and another guy using what appears to be a comb to scrape his windshield. Living in the south is so entertaining sometimes.”
Of course, here in the homeland, hubby and I also sometimes chuckle by the frenzy snow evokes in some people. Even here, the masses get absolutely frantic by the threat of a snowstorm.
However, that is nothing compared to the frazzled state we witnessed while we lived in the Pacific Northwest. Drivers there would actually abandon their vehicles on the berms of the highways and streets…when there was maybe an inch or two of snow covering the road.
Last winter, we had a big dig-out after feet of snow was dumped in our area. And guess what? We didn’t starve, nor did we run out of toilet paper. Okay, it did take us an entire day to dig our way out of our driveway, but we were on the road again by the next day.
Snow truly isn’t the end of the world. And it’s actually quite beautiful if you can calm yourself down long enough to enjoy it.
Today on my travels with my work, I passed an artesian well that was frozen over. What an amazing ice sculpture it made. If you’re unfamiliar with what an artesian well is, here is a good explanation from wisegeek.com: “An artesian well allows water that has traveled through porous rock from a higher elevation to rise to the surface. This pumpless well seems to defy gravity because the pressure that builds up between layers of rock gets relieved when the water finds a path to the open air. For nearly a thousand years, people have drilled wells to drink this cold, filtered water that doesn’t need to be hauled up from the depths.”
Unfortunately, I left my camera at home in my hurry to leave this morning, so I don’t have a photo to show how eye-catching this sight was. It was actually much more intricate than the picture I posted with this entry. But you will have to take my word for it.
Observing this striking sight made me think about artesian wells spouting water up into the air for all to see and enjoy. Contemplating thoughts about water always reminds me of passages from the Bible. And as usual, an old song, “Spring Up, Oh Well” comes to mind.
“I’ve got a river of life flowin’ out of me. Makes the lame to walk and the blind to see. Opens prison doors, sets the captives free. I’ve got a river of life flowin’ out of me.” “Spring up, oh well, within my soul. Spring up, oh well, and make me whole. Spring up, oh well, and give to me that life abundantly.”
And it occurs to me on Page 11, Chapter One (January 11) in my new book entitled Opportunity that I can’t allow that well to spring up in me if I’m frozen over like that artesian well I saw today. The river of life that comes from knowing Jesus Christ as my Savior can’t flow out of me if I am stagnant in my faith.
I need to seek after Him through prayer, reading and studying my guidebook (Bible) and sharing what I learn with others.
“Jesus answered, ‘Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.’ ” ~ John 4:13-14 (New International Version)