February 13, 2021
Dawn broke cold last Sunday morning, but I looked forward to the warmth of worship as I drove the four short blocks to church. A couple of hours later, when I walked back outside, the entire landscape had changed! While I sang inside, the moisture in the air and the frigid temperatures outside worked together to coat every single tiny branch with a layer of white ice. I felt like I had walked into a stunningly beautiful winter wonderland.
Each morning for the next four days, I awoke to more ice on the trees. The temperature stayed well below freezing, the sun refused to break through the clouds, and the forecast offered no hope of a break in the temperature for another week. The beauty of the ice began to look frightening and bring worry to my heart.
My backyard has two magnificent 70-foot trees. Each day, as more ice accumulated, the branches above my house hung lower and lower with the weight of the ice. What used to look so marvelously beautiful now threatened to break huge limbs out of these trees. I didn’t want to think about the damage it might cause to my house.
I began to pray, asking God to protect my home, and the home of my neighbor.
God heard my prayer.
Thursday morning, I awoke and meandered out to the living room. To my astonishment, sunlight streamed in my windows, spilling across the floor and onto my favorite chair. In grateful relief, I sat in the sunshine and soaked up its warmth. I have to admit that each day without the sun had become more and more difficult for me. It’s a good thing I live in the Midwest because I couldn’t live in climates with lots of cloudy rainy weather. My motivation and emotional well being suffer without the sun.
I watched all day long, expecting the ice to fall in chunks from the trees. Even though the temperature stayed well below freezing, I still thought the ice would melt with the power of the sun.
It did not. I went to bed disappointed.
The next morning, I walked into the living room and peered out the window. Astonished, I stared at the brown branches of the trees. Where did the ice go? No signs of it lay in the yard. Instead, a new light snow covered the evidence. During the night, while I rested, God restored the world. He had been working all day long, I just couldn’t see the effects until morning.
Why am I telling you this story?
Because I couldn’t help but draw parallels to God’s interaction in my life. I desperately need the power of His love to shine in my life. Without it, I grow cold and icy. Oh yes, life might look beautiful on the outside, but on the inside, the weight of the enticing beauty of sin threatens to break me in two, wreaking destruction in the process.
But when God’s precious love breaks through, and I gaze into it, it melts me from the inside out. It doesn’t show for a while, but all of the sudden, people notice the difference. They might criticize that I’m just a brown, leafless tree at first, without the thrill of the icy exterior – but don’t worry, come spring everyone will be able to see the effects of a well-watered life, planted in the Son.
Another storm begins tonight, but thanks to God’s sunshine, my trees are ready.
How about you? Will you let the love of God’s Son melt away the ice in you before the next storm comes?
And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39
Amen sister, may everyone everywhere In the mighty name Of Jesus Christ be able to see the new life that comes from Believing That God has a purpose for them. Each of us are going through something. Going through it all by themselves doesn’t work. I love the pictures of and the Annionment of the Lord Jesus Christ bring thru you. God Bless everyone everywhere In the mighty name Of Jesus we pray Amen! Much love and much more prayers for you and your family. Love Johnny and Pamela Garcia in Dodge City Kansas.
Lora you have such a gift and a way with words that always speaks to me. I am so very thankful for you ❤
I love your eyes to see things that God shows you! I’ll be saving this to remember, thank you! And I love the story that your grandkids run so hard to you that you’re bowled over. Me too! And it’s the very best!! God bless you, and I praise Him for reliable seasons. Spring is coming!!
I am so motivated by reading this. I am usually such a positive person and I truly can’t understand how all that positivity can hide from me when the gloom of no sun lasts for more than a couple of days, especially with so much going on in the world. I don’t fear and I trust God, but it is a real battle to fight off depression. It encourages me to know that I am not the only one who fights this battle. I suppose there are many of us. It may seem like such a small thing, but it bothers me that a little “no sun” can affect me in such a way when I have “the Son” all the time! I’m thankful that we also have a great cloud of witnesses (including our family member who are already home) cheering us on through each battle we encounter. God’s Word is so good and so needed.
Thanks, Lora. My prayers are with you as you miss your loved ones and also as you open up your heart to new joys with the grandkids God has given you. So glad your adopted daughter and her husband chose to take all 3 siblings.
Sondra Wood 🙂
Thanks be to God for his unspeakable Gift! And for Lora’s life examples, her sharing the Truth, and for hope and promises of God’s unchanging words that are still freely available in the midst of our unstable culture! Cindy
Thx for sharing. Great thought! It’s snowing/sleeting here and is to do so all night so can relate and we had ice last week. Will look for the sun to be shining! The Son will have to shine through for now! Prayers for you and your ministry.
Such a beautiful way to see of thing’s while nice cold day, I adore the amazing words of wisdom throughout the progress, enjoyment of love and wisdom.
May you have many blessings in return.
I am always so encouraged by your words, even though I am not faithful in following your blog.
Thanks for sharing.
I live in Sapulpa,OK and have the same ice and snow and had the same fears as you! God is giving me peace and you were used today 🙏.
This is exactly what I needed to read tonight. Thank you , dear friend, for again sharing His message with us.