Posts Tagged ‘snow’

Well by now a lot of you know, I am not a big fan of snow. I know God is a great artist and he has good reasons for snow, and it is very pretty but I much prefer when he works in his green palette. This year in this part of Pennsylvania, we had very little snow, as a matter of fact we had quite a few days in February where it was near 70 degrees. It was awesome, but now… this…

We are in blizzard conditions, the snow is falling horizontally and piling up in huge drifts. It’s pretty wild out there right now. It seems like we were on a snow diet all winter long and now as we near Spring it’s time for a “snow binge.” It reminded me of an important concept for all of us. The concept of moderation.

So often, in our creative lives we have ebbs and flows, times where we’re blocked and times where we can’t create enough and in both those times, moderation is a key. I have a feeling the reason we get blocked is because we burn out in the times of inspiration. The thing is neither of these things is good. Creative block can be mentally and Spiritually agonizing, but those times of creative excess can be times when we don’t do our best stuff because we just feel so busy. We need moderation.

It’s this simple, your body and mind need rest. There seems to be this “make hay while the sun shines mentality that comes with creative booms. We have to create when we have the inspiration because we’ve all been through those inspiration famines and as soon as I thought of that term, I got the solution. In the Bible during times of famine, there was usually one option, starve and hope you make it through to the next bumper crop, but then we hear from a guy names Joseph. God showed him a famine was coming and told him what to do, and as a result, he not only went from a slave, to the second most powerful person in the most powerful nation on earth at the time, but he also saved many lives including the lives of God’s chosen people. The answer was simple. Save up in times of plenty so that you have something for the times of famine.

When you are in those times if inspiration plenty, what if you saved up some of that inspiration for times when inspiration is lacking? It’s fairly easy to do. You just need a notebook, a sketchbook or some kind of electronic device to store the ideas. Then when the ideas are sparse, you just refer back to them and keep right on going. This is really just good stewardship and faithfulness. After all maybe the reason you’re blocked is because you haven’t followed through on something God gave you.

The bottom line is if we work in moderation, we’ll be healthier and more creative, doing better quality work and we’ll (at least theoretically) never run out of ideas. Well out to shove up some of this snow. There’s more coming, but I don’t want to have to move it all at once. See that, I’m practicing moderation.


Well it snowed here in the eastern U.S. and it’s about to snow some more. Those of you who have been around a while know I am not a huge fan of the white stuff. It tends to prevent me from doing some of the things I need to do and the things I want to do. That being said, I also know that everything God does is good, so I try to appreciate it. Here are a few things I have discovered:

1. God is truly an amazing artist. Snow as we know is not one huge mass, but billions of tiny flakes. No two are alike. It’s amazing just like our God. My confession that I much prefer when He works in His green palette not withstanding, what He does with those billions of tiny flakes is breathtaking.

2. Back to those billions of tiny flakes. Alone they are tiny and powerless, evaporated by a single breath, but together en masse, they can stop traffic, ground airplanes and bring our world to a halt. There’s a lesson in there for us in the church. Perhaps on our own each of us is pretty weak and powerless, but when we come together, we can make real change. Last week was Martin Luther King Jr. day in case you needed an example of how this is true.

3. Maybe bringing things to a halt is the point of all this. If you noticed in my slight complaint above, what did I say? “It tends to prevent me from doing some of the things I need to do and the things I want to do.” Maybe that is the point. Maybe we’re supposed to slow down and take a breather. Maybe snow is God reminding us that He is in control and that the world won’t stop just because people do.

4. Snow brings with it an opportunity to serve others. Do you know someone who needs a little help to dig out? Maybe you should pay them a visit and give them another opportunity to praise God.

So today instead of getting whiney, I think I am just going to try to enjoy the work of the greatest Artist.

Saturday’s freak snowstorm has me longing for spring. Yes I know that is whiny so let me make it clear, I know God is a great artist, I just prefer when He works in His green palette. Anyway, When I was at the shore this summer I saw all these shirts that said “Every Day I’m Shufflin'” I assume thats a dance thing (yeah I’m old) but those shirts put this parody in my mind. I give you the “Every Day I’m Shovelin'” shirt. Check it out and click the pic for more info.

Every Day  I'm  Shovelin'

Every Day I'm Shovelin'

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(we had a freak October snowstorm so most of my exercise was spent shoveling snow, icy conditions made walking safer than running)