Beneath the Snow


This morning I made a decision. As I looked out at yet another snowfall blanketing the earth, I decided to look beyond what I saw. I did not conjecture about how many days it will take the snow to melt. I did not grumble that the calendar says spring and even my hoodie isn’t keeping me warm. I did not calculate how many snow (and sick) days this winter held. It’s not that those thoughts didn’t hover, I simply chose to replace them.

  • The sun is shining and the pavement is already clear—a wonderful contrast to yesterday’s gray.
  • Sap is flowing through the bare trees—soon they will sprout green buds with the promise of leafy cover.
  • Beneath the snow crocuses and daffodils are pushing upward—their purple and yellow heads ready to break through and dot the earth with color.
  • The dormant grass appears dead, but it’s rousing and will again grow green and lush.
  • Though they now look like bushes of brown sticks, buds are forming and in weeks cascading azaleas will shower yellow flowers.
  • As spring stubbornly presses forward, sweaters, scarves and socks will be traded for shorts, shirts and sandals.
  • Gentle rains and warm breezes will assuredly replace driving snow and frigid gusts.

My choice of thoughts paid off. I feel refreshed, happy. Sweetness replaced my sour mood. Anticipation traded places with lethargy. I highly recommend thought-replacement therapy!

“A cheerful heart is good medicine.” (Prov. 17:22)

Lord, I always have a choice. When my hopes and dreams are buried beneath blankets of disappointment, remind me that your purposes prevail. Seasons are temporary but you are undaunted. Though I may not see it, you are active beneath the snow.

7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Maude Carolan Pych
    Mar 22, 2018 @ 15:57:04

    God bless your cheerful heart, Barbara. It’s contagious!



  2. Linda Langford
    Mar 22, 2018 @ 16:01:56

    This is a wonderful blog post…thanks for sharing with us! I need to practice thought-replacement therapy more and more. We do not have snow here, but it is cold and looking forward to the warmer weather for sure…hugs, Linda Langford



  3. Kathleen Rupff
    Mar 22, 2018 @ 20:20:25

    Beautifully written, Barbara. Thanks for the encouraging words! (Perfect photo, too! 🙂



  4. kennethstuartbaker
    Mar 24, 2018 @ 10:31:00

    Good example of how the Lord is able to renew our minds !

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