Holy Snow Batman

I got up early this morning to take my brother-in-law and sister-in-law (+kids) to the airport. There is a few inches of new snow of the ground…which if you live in Boise is no news to you. That I can handle. I’ve driven in snow for much of my adult life. I know to adjust distance between me and the car ahead, allow for plenty of stopping room, slow down before turning, steer into a skid, pump the breaks, etc. Getting to the airport was no problem at all, just slow going. Leaving the airport was another issue all together. Everywhere I looked there were people off the road, in accidents, in ditches, and stalled or stuck. I nearly rammed a van after the driver slammed on his brakes at a yellow light. Luckily I slid into the next lane (yes quite scary) and there were no cars there. It seems that people (including yours truly) always ‘have’ to get somewhere, even in snow like today. Everything in life becomes a must for us. We have to get to the store. We have to get this errand done or get to that appointment. All things become a Tyranny of the Urgent. How many people could have stayed home today? Worked from home or gone in a bit later? How many appointments could have been rescheduled or trips to the store delayed? Certainly there are those who needed to be at work or had pressing engagements (to you I say drive safely and Godspeed). Yet how many of our bumps and bruises in life come because we ‘have’ to get things done. We get overly focused on work and fail to give attention to our kids. We get overly focused on personal problems and fail to give 100% at work. We get overly focused on our next meeting, errand, or task and fail to be fully present to those around us in need. In short we get our ‘have to’ blinders on and do not see.

Ephesians 5:8-14 ‘For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord. Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. But everything exposed by the light becomes visible, for it is light that makes everything visible. This is why it is said: “Wake up, O sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.’

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We are children of the light. We are people who should see. Sometimes we fall asleep, sometimes we get into our ‘have to’ state – states of darkness. Yet we are called to be more to live more to be in the light. On this snowy day I pray that we will take time to slow down, to see, to asses the ‘have to’ list, to pray, to give to those in need, and live not in darkness but as children of the light.

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