Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Snow days at Carolyne Aarsen's place
Right now, I'm sitting at my computer, looking through the large window of my cozy office at the snow-covered trees and I'm feeling pretty good. I'm right where I want to be. I'm at home. I don't have to go brush snow off my car, shiver inside while it warms up and then navigate snow-covered roads to get to work. Every day that I see snow on the ground, I feel blessed for this gift of working at home. As well, I get more work done these months than any other months of the year. Things get quiet up here in January and February. Yes there are still church obligations and meetings, but somehow there's a sense of closing in, of social circles getting smaller. When it gets dark at 5:00 in the evening and doesn't get light until 8:00 in the morning, you don't go out unless you have to. And when the wind howls and snow ticks at the windows, we don't need much of an excuse to stay home, curl up in a chair, wrap an afghan around shoulders and just be at home. Or sit at my computer and transport myself to wherever the current book I'm writing takes place. To everything there is a season, Ecclesiastes tells us, and I love the ebb and flow of our lives and seasons. While there are times I wouldn't mind getting away from winter, I look forward to it coming after a busy summer and fall season. So today, while the snow is sifting around the house and the sky is a soft grey, I just smile, turn up the heater a notch and keep working. And thank the Lord for the blessing of each season.