Posts tagged ‘Snow’

March 27, 2011


by Vince
February 19, 2011


by Vince

Above is a mash-up of people seeing snow for the first time.

February 14, 2011

God is Wasteful…

by michaelrdrane

…by our standards.

Sitting here in the frozen, winter wonderland that is Detroit (that’s finally melting!), I was struck by the story of Wilson Bentley (wikipedia article here). He’s the man that took over 5,000 magnified images of snowflakes in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Bentley found that now only is every flake intricately detailed but it is almost impossible to find two that are alike.

I was struck not only by the beauty of this, but also by the contrast to our normal standards of operation. To be honest, I’m tired of snow. We’ve gotten at least 43 inches of it in Detroit throughout this winter season. When it comes down, it flies past my window so fast that I can barely see the individual flakes. Forget about appreciating their unique beauty. Knowing that, if I were to create snow, it would come down in 12 different shapes, max. After all, mass production is supposed to be uniform and fairly easy to replicate. We have limited time and limited resources. Yet outside of my window lies 12 (melting) inches of snow that are evidence that our creator had his own theory of production long before Ford started making cars on his assembly line.

What then does this tell me about God? If nothing else, his infinite nature defies my normal notion of what is wasteful. Beyond that, if he puts that much detail and individual identity into this frozen heap that will be gone in a matter of hours or days, how much more has he put into you and me. Whether you have some snow just laying around outside or not, I hope you know that you are loved by a God who defies both our common reason and logic.

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February 14, 2011

‘Quiet Listener Heard God Whisper’

by Vince

BZ takes the time to notice the ephemeral heart in the snow:

When I looked at my life, I wanted to see farther, yet what I was sure I knew had me weary and worried. And I couldn’t truly see what was right in front of me because I wasn’t truly looking.  Who but the One who placed it there knew how much this lovely, lowly reminder of his love was needed by my own dark heart, gritty with daily life and stained with salt wash.  The next swerving car or sure footed hoof print would have smudged and erased this unmistakable love note.  It was just for me, just now, here.  And I almost missed it.

“You’re loved, child.  See I put this here just for you, then I whispered your name, and called you here.  You almost didn’t hear, didn’t come, didn’t see, distracted as you were by the ceaseless noise of the immediate.  I’m so glad you came.  I’m especially fond of you.”

I have been thankful for the days when I can go about different tasks of mine and have a clear mind, so much so that I can enjoy and be present in the moment(s). Last week, that was the case when I was doing plyo. Simply being in the moment allowed me to enjoy the range of life around me. I wish to live more like that.

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February 4, 2011

Wintry Beauty of the Day

by Vince

Above, a cardinal gazed upon within the wintry mix by BZ:

As I wander, I look, I really look.  I open my eyes wide and try to take it all in.  I am surrounded by beauty.  Always. The finger of God paints my world with splashes of cardinal red.   He doodles in sepia tones, great misty masterpieces.  Barren trees and bent stemmed weeds are transformed, suddenly, into such beauty it takes my breath away.  I am overcome with awe, with wonder.  I do a little snowboot shuffle joydance on Hickory Lane and hope no one is watching, except One.  I hope, I know He sees.  And He knows it is my thank you for the gift of this moment, the wonder of this glory.  I think I am living the reality of these ancient words-

The heavens are telling the glory of God, the firmament shows His handiwork…

Help me to keep looking,

to keep listening for You.

Every day.

For You are transforming

my bent stemmed world

into your Masterpiece.

January 28, 2011

For Those in the Philly Area…

by Vince

I talked to my Mom last night and heard you all got a foot and a half of snow. Yikes!

H/T: Tony Auth

December 9, 2010

Winter Dogs

by Vince
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