By Ruth DuCharme

published in Family Matters eNewsletter, January 25, 2018

It was as though our community was breathing a sigh of relief. That's what I heard and felt as snow began to fall over Macon recently. This southern girl loves a beautiful snowfall. It is a rare and beautiful event, which makes it a special occurrence—as long as the electricity stays on, and I am warm and comfy in my home. Snow in the south has us clinging to our televisions and social media, awaiting those sacred words, “school is canceled.”

There is also a bit of grace in an unplanned day off from our normal routine. A chance to stay put, dress casually, and enjoy an extra cup of coffee. My apologies to those who were inconvenienced by the snow, but for me, it was a breath of fresh air. It was a rare beauty that I knew would come and go quickly, so savoring it was required.

When we are given unexpected moments of rest, we often have that pull to busy ourselves with some task that we have been longing to accomplish instead of using the moments to experience a bit of retreat. After the busyness of the holidays and the beginning of a new year, it was as though God sent us this snow and said, “stop for a moment and catch your breath.”

If we really look at God's plan for our daily lives, we will see that God wants us to stop and rest on a regular basis. God ordained Sabbath and called it good. That weekly day of rest is a gift to us from God. It is a call to breathe deeply, to honor God with our worship, and to renew ourselves for living more fully during the busy times of our lives.

Before the spring blooms appear, I am silently hoping for another snow day—another unexpected day of beauty and rest. I know that is unlikely in our corner of the world, but a southern girl can hope, can't she?!