Snow days, a reminder that God will help us face our challenges

By  Jon Adams

Living Hope Church, Little Falls 

Coborn’s was sure packed last Tuesday. People were running in to stock up on chips, pizza, pop, and their favorite videos. A snow day. We were finally going to have a snow day.

What will the kids do all day? Who will watch them? Will I be able to get out of the driveway and get to work? Will it be a blizzard? Will the roads be slippery? What about air traffic and all those people flying?

When we heard that we would finally get snow and likely have a snow day many of us were filled with excitement. The kids were asking, “Where’s my sled? Do we get to go sledding?” Dad was asking, “Where are my snowmobile gloves?” We could hear the sounds of snowmobiles starting up and already roaring down the street.

For some the excitement of a snow day meant making sure the snacks, videos and a big fluffy quilt were ready to go. And I am sure there were some who dreaded the snow and wished they could be stranded in Hawaii.

When we face unexpected challenges, especially those outside of our control, how do we prepare and respond? What about unusual situations like a bank shutting down without warning and we cannot access our money or even our credit? What about medical uncertainties? Financial issues always seem to hit us so hard. Do we look at these happenings of life as disappointments, tragedies and failures, or are they opportunities to grow and change. Can we look at the unexpected events of our lives as challenges to draw us closer to God?

I was lucky enough to memorize a scripture while very young that has helped me deal with the unknown and unexpected chapters of life that have come my way through the years. This scripture has always been at the top of my personal favorite Bible passages. I hope that you will also memorize it and cling to it on the snow days that come your way.

“No test or temptation that comes your way is beyond the course of what others have had to face. All you need to remember is that God will never let you down; he’ll never let you be pushed past your limit; he’ll always be there to help you come through it.” MSG 1Co 10:13:

Let it snow. We are ready.