After hours of shoveling and moving snow just to get out of the driveway, I sit by my fireplace with feet propped up, a hot cup of coffee, and TV tuned to the Super Bowl. 25 " of wet, heavy snow slammed our area. It would be easy to moan and groan about how much work the snow made. It would be easy to complain about standing in lines at the stores for food. It would be easy, as many have, to gripe about being housebound for 2 days because they don't know how to talk to the family they live with. But then I started to think about those who have a whole lot more to complain about then me. I remember a pastor friend of mine who lost his wife this week to cancer. I remember the ones with disabilities who can't hold a shovel let alone move snow with it. I remember the homeless locally and abroad who have no property to call their own.
So instead I choose to look at the positive-my sons were home to help shovel, my neighbor showed up with a tractor. We offered to help neighbors with our shovels.
But other things came to mind as well. We have heat in our homes, food in the kitchen, warm clothes to wear. I thought of those in Haiti that are using shovels, but moving rubble to uncover bodies and possessions. Thousands have made the streets their home because their homes were demolished by the earthquake.
As we go for our 3rd, 4th, and 5th drink while watching the Super Bowl and we eat our 3rd bowl of chili, maybe lift up a prayer for the orphan who is looking for his 1st meal and his first taste of clean water for the whole week. As we yell in celebration for our favorite team scoring a touchdown, maybe think about the last time the people in Haiti had anything to cheer about in the last week. As we laugh at the crazy Super Bowl commercials, maybe think about those who have shed tears in grief and could really use a laugh.
And in all of this contrast from the good to the bad, let's remember there is a Savior who loves all of us-He created us, He created the snow to remind us of His cleansing power, and He loves us, Oh how He loves us!