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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

November of Thanksgiving: 23

"For to the snow He says, 'Fall on the earth' "
(Job 37:6).

We woke up to this first, heavy snowfall, a few days ago, but
were not too concerned because the temperatures were
predicted to be enough above freezing to
allow it to melt. I think now the ground
will be covered for a while.
Twenty-three: I am thankful for weather forecasts. It is such a blessing that meteorologists are able to predict the weather as well as they can. We had been enjoying lovely temperatures up until a few days ago. My husband, who does  outdoor work, is one day away from finishing up a landscaping job. One day and several inches of snow away from completing the job, that is. 

It is a winter wonderland out there and the children are delighted. We have some new friends who just moved here from Florida and their eleven-year-old daughter had never seen snow until this all started. The children around here are building snowmen and snow forts and some have even spent the night in theirs! 

The snow is continuing to fall and there is, of course, another side to massive snowfall, and that is the treacherous road conditions that can accompany it. There have been a surprisingly large number of fender benders since this started, but so far, to my knowledge, there has not been a serious accident. This could change. 

The weather forecast for a large part of our state is for a severe blizzard, so bad that where my son lives, they have been warned not to leave their houses.

Check out this report: 

IMPACTS...LIFE THREATENING CONDITIONS WILL OCCUR
THROUGH TUESDAY. WHITEOUT CONDITIONS WILL
DISORIENT TRAVELERS OR THOSE STEPPING A SHORT
WAY FROM WARM AND DRY SHELTER. POWER OUTAGES 
MAY ALSO OCCUR.
A BLIZZARD WARNING MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER
CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. FALLING 
AND BLOWING SNOW WITH STRONG WINDS AND POOR 
VISIBILITIES ARE LIKELY. THIS WILL LEAD TO 
WHITEOUT CONDITIONS...MAKING TRAVEL EXTREMELY
DANGEROUS. DO NOT TRAVEL. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL...
HAVE A WINTER SURVIVAL KIT WITH YOU. IF YOU 
GET STRANDED...STAY WITH YOUR VEHICLE.

We usually have some times in the winter when there is an accumulation of snow in these parts, but I can't ever remember a warning like this one. It took me straight back to Laura Ingalls Wilder's pa having to string the rope from the house to the barn so he wouldn't get lost in the storm when he went out to care for the animals. I was suddenly imagining those cows that were frozen solid in their tracks when the blizzard hit.  

Then why am I thankful? My son was planning on coming home tomorrow and because of this warning, he will probably not do so and as much as I want him here for Thanksgiving, I would rather have him safe there than ignore this weather report. We suspect the interstate will be closed anyway.

The weather discussions in the latter parts of the book of Job give my heart pause as they vividly describe the mighty power of the Creator.

"At this also my heart trembles, and leaps from its place. Listen closely to the thunder of His voice, and the rumbling that goes out from His mouth. Under the whole heaven He lets it loose, and His lightning to the ends of the earth.

"After it, a voice roars; He thunders with His majestic voice, and He does not restrain the lightnings when His voice is heard. God thunders with His voice wondrously, doing great things which we cannot comprehend. For to the snow He says, 'Fall on the earth,' and to the downpour and the rain, 'Be strong.' He seals the hand of every man, that all men may know His work" (Job 37:1-7).

What are you thanking God for? Join Rebecca of Rebecca Writes and others as we celebrate the abundant blessings the Lord pours down upon us throughout the month of November. You can get the button on the left from Lisa at Lisa notes...

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