Sitting at home, sipping a lovely cup of tea, I watch what could potentially be the last snowfall of the season. I am sad to see it go. That may be a dangerous statement when the cries all around me are, “enough already”! It’s true, we have had more than our share of snow this winter and I do realize that I have not had to drive in it or shovel it so I am writing from a somewhat romanticized point of view. Nonetheless, when it’s gone there is absolutely nothing we can do to get it back until God ordains that the season of snowfall return.
We live in a time of instant gratification. Everyone knows that but did you know… (a little Geico humor thereJ) BUT did you know that we have lost the joy of anticipation. A friend and I were discussing the childhood excitement we felt when Frosty the Snowman, or Rudolph or the Charlie Brown Christmas special were shown on TV. You had one chance to watch so you prepared. My chores and homework were done, I jumped into my pj’s, had a snack ready to go and was seated in front of the TV promptly at 8:00 waiting in anticipation. I had researched the paper knowing exactly what time it would be on and the fun of anticipation had been building for days.
Is there anything left to anticipate? Our communication is instantaneous, sometimes to a fault, but that can be a post for another day. For so many the wedding night is a faded image of a stolen treasure. Our entertainment choices are available day and night in forms our grandparents could not have even imagined.
I guess anticipation is one of the reasons I continue to live in snowy, cold New England. As the old saying goes, “If you don’t like the weather just wait a minute!” When I joyfully watch the snowflakes swirl it reminds me that I am not in control but I know the One who is. Only God will decide when I watch this show again. The weatherman can try to let me know ahead of time so I can prepare but it will be my heavenly Father, smiling, saying, “Are you ready? Here it comes!” when the big, fluffy flakes once again fall out of His hands.
Until then I’ll enjoy today’s snow and watch with anticipation for the surprises He will send in the season to come.
What are you anticipating today?