Tuesday, March 19, 2013

A Few More Days of Winter

Well rest assured here in Michigan it is still winter no matter what the calender says about Spring arriving tomorrow!  This morning we awoke to the wind whipping snow though the air in impressive displays.  Some of the birds are wondering what they ever came north for this early:

 Even the winter regulars were sitting with their backs to the wind and hanging on tight during the gusts!
 The sheep which were out enjoying the sunshine on Sunday when I took the photo below, were pretty much keeping to their barn today--and they still have a 4+ inch thick coat on.

With the wind still whipping up 'snow devils' outside and those icy pellets stinging through the air, we inside have much to be thankful for!

We rejoice in knowing the Creator, who has provided a nice warm house for us (perhaps we wouldn't even have needed quite that much wood on the fire....80 + degrees is plenty warm...) and who provides for even the animals right down to the sparrows.  If He notices when a small part of His creation like a little bird suffers, how much more must He care for us?

As we look forward to Easter and another celebration of His life, death and redeeming work for us on the cross, but more His resurrection! how can we fail to be impacted?  How can we see His suffering and not feel unworthy of such love?  How can we hear of His mercy and grace and be unmoved?  How can we feel His forgiveness and not aspire to do worthy service in His Name?

Standing amazed in the presence of Jesus the Nazarene,