Yes, it did finally snow. Not as much as I would’ve liked. It came and now it’s almost gone. My friends in Nashville made me kind of jealous. The pretty pictures in the snow. The happy smiles. The snowmen.
I thought about it. We always want what others have. Even if it’s something insignificant, like snow. We wish. We try to be somebody we are not. We work harder just to get it. Whatever it is. Sometimes to make ourselves feel better. Other times, to impress others. Or both. We are never satisfied. They say that the thief of joy is comparison. It’s a heart issue.
This earthly life will never bring complete satisfaction.
Maybe momentary one. When you start feeling better about yourself. When people acknowledge your achievements or looks. The emptiness returns when they move on to somebody else. And then we try again. Harder. More. Better. Or we just give up.
There is something that nobody can take from you. And it is available for all. For those that keep on trying. That have given up. That keep on looking for meaning. For purpose. For direction. For those that think they have it all together. There is a source that always satisfies. And invites you in for more. It doesn’t compare you to others. It accepts you the way you are. Just come on in. The love of God has been waiting for you. With arms wide open. To give you identity. To bring joy. To bring peace. To give you strength. To bring beauty out of ashes. To bring hope. To bring healing. To fulfill.
How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!… – 1 John 3:1a
This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. – 1 John 4:10
And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. – Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians (v.17b-19)
I do look forward to more snow days. And I am also learning to be content. To be thankful. I stand on one simple truth: I am loved. By the One who, among many other things, has also made the snow. And you, my beloved reader, are loved. Far more than you could understand.
And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. – 1 John 4:16