I give you Colossians 1:16, “For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him”
Outside my window this Sunday morning it is 30°F, with freezing rain on top of the ten inches of snow that fell the other day. Forecasts call for roller coaster temperatures this week, up to 45°F tomorrow then back to single digits. At first I thought it was going to be really cold, then I realized I was looking at Celsius temperatures rather than Fahrenheit.
All the people who had complained about the heat in Summer are now complaining about the cold, counting the days until Spring.
I have a coat and hat and gloves, when the weather warms I have a closet to keep them in.
If you’ve never seen an ice storm, where the rain freezes on contact with every surface, you’ve missed a beautiful event.
Beautiful and dangerous, as nature usually is. The weight of the ice can take down branches an entire trees, power lines come down, walking is requires your full attention and driving should wait until the roads have been salted, and then approached slowly and carefully. A word about salt while I’m here, various salts can be used to de-ice, but all salts do is lower the freezing point. Rock Salt lowers the freezing point to 15ºF which means this week it’s going to be as useful as sand. Calcium Chloride lowers the freezing point to -20°F, but at temps below 0°F it attracts moisture, creating a slippery surface of water on top of ice. This is the infamous “black ice” you’ve heard Northerners talk about.
As the weeks pass the crisp white blanket will turn brown, although sometimes the crocuses arrive before the snow leaves.
All this beauty surrounds us. Regardless of the temperature or our location, there are beautiful things to be seen everywhere. We just need to slow down and look, appreciate the gift of creation.