Did God give us a snow day?

It’s a snow day, and every child is rejoicing.  Though the parents’ cars are grounded and even the State has shut down its offices, the children are traipsing around outdoors.  They know instinctively that this day is for them.   It’s as if the snow has colluded with some mischievous plan of theirs, and they brave the elements to thank it for its offering.

I’ve never met a child who didn’t love a snow day.

I like to tell children that snow days are not actually their principal’s idea.  They are God’s idea.


 

“He says to the snow,
    ‘Fall on the earth.’
And he says to the rain,
    ‘Pour down on the earth.’
God does this to
stop everyone’s work.”  

Job 37:6-7


“See,” I say to the children, “God wants you to stop working so hard. Sometimes he just doesn’t want you to go to school.  That’s why he gives you snow days.”  This is always met with a kind of suspicion from the children, like God is the great principal in the sky.  And that makes me a little sad, because it tells me that too often we equate heavy expectations and scheduled demands with a kind of godliness.  Even children have picked up on it.

We haven’t taught our children the value of just being…the value of rest.

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But peruse Facebook for a few minutes on a snow day, and you’ll capture the childish delight of parents stuck at home with their children.  You’ll see pictures of snowmen, snow angels, snow forts and ice cream – made by children and their stuck-at-home parents.  I assure you none of this was planned. These were parents and their children enjoying a sanctioned moment of rest together.  A Sabbath of snow.

If we take this much delight in a surprise day of rest, with a nice dose of novelty, then it should be a clue to us how we might better arrange our lives. Our Creator built rest into our lives with our sleep cycles and circadian rhythms. He gave us the quiet of night and the closing of seasons. He means for us to thrive in this world, and he told us that we’d need rest.

Can you meaningfully schedule a rest, a sabbath of sorts?  For me, it’s screen-free times or the rhythm of the family coming together for something in late evening. It’s dinner at the table. It’s a drive without the speakers owning the airspace. It’s walking as a family to town for an ice cream.  If we did not schedule these little islands of rest, or build them into our routines, we would really never say much to one another.

And God wouldn’t say much to us either.

God calls to the snow to fall much as he called the light to exist. He calls it to shelter the grounded plants from the biting cold and he calls it to protect us from a hurried life. Show your children how to slow down and enjoy the rest God gives them.

23 thoughts on “Did God give us a snow day?

  1. I love this.

    I remember meeting with a mentor/friend some uears ago for dinner and I was chatting about all the things that were troubling me at the time. She mentioned this “just being” theory to me and I was so confused at the time. It took a LOT to wrap my head around and while I still struggle with this very thing I am better than I use to be! This is a great reminder! Thank you!

  2. Love it. Just like power outs, we look forward to them as a family. I often think of cutting the power and forcing a time out together. Lol! I do think God forces us to stop. To reflect. To bond. To change and grow. To refocus. Reground. Love the clean wash of a good snow day. Thanks for posting. Love, from us at Backlund’s Backlands!

  3. I connected, loved and shared this beautiful post without glancing at the authors name (shame on me!) – I’m so glad that Rick mentioned you as the author- it is SO good to be reading your heart and mind again, sweet friend! Please keep the blessings coming!

  4. Terri! I had no idea you were a gifted writer. I had an idea you were gifted with kids! Wow. Hope you have success!

  5. I know I’m horrible at resting but, after reading this post I was able to put all my work aside and find a kid to sit around with and watch some TV before bed. Great writing!!

  6. This is a theme that us Americans can’t get enough of and you tell it so well! Love the Job quote too, it’s new to me.

    1. It’s a great passage. Though I do know there is some translation difficulty so that it may mean that he sends the snow so that all men may rest from their labor, or it may mean that so that all men may see the work of God. Either way, though, I believe he means for us to pause.

  7. Our favorite moments as a family have been created in the both the scheduled and unexpected days of rest. Coincedence? Nope. God-gifted.

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