There are several perks to being a teacher: influencing kids’ lives, watching the lightbulb go off when a student finally gets something, and of course SNOW DAYS!
Snow days are never really guaranteed, but always something to anxiously anticipate especially when the local (or national) weatherman has predicted 2-4 inches of snow overnight.
It was a normal day of school, but with this known prediction floating around in the air and according to the radar it looked like there was no way for that snow to pass us; the kids were beyond excited. It was definitely the subject of conversation in the teacher’s lounge as well. We were up for a back-to-back snow storm, so teachers were all trying to figure out if we would be out the rest of the week. It was this big anticipated event. Everyone wasn’t sure exactly when it would arrive, but again, it looked like there was no possibility to miss us.
As it got closer to the end of the school day, more weather predictions were coming out and the snow was supposed to start later that night and continue snowing long into the next morning. With all these predictions, our administration and teachers were very much encouraging the students to take their books home to continue reading over what could be a “snow break.” We were all unsure what the weather was really going to do and how long we would be out of school, and we wanted the students to be prepared to read at home.
Just like usual, school was dismissed. The sun went down. It was very much cold outside. My typical evening continued on with different activities that kept me out pretty late that night; but when I started to wrap the evening up, there still wasn’t snow and it was pretty late into the night.
And just like that…
After anxiously anticipating….
THERE WAS SNOW.
In a matter of minutes, there was a slight dusting of snow that covered the ground.
By the time I drove home, the roads were completely covered. The grass was covered. Everything was white. I always love how snow at night makes everything look brighter. It’s just a beautiful thing to me and it all happened quickly!
The snow that was anxiously anticipated, finally showed up!
When I got home, I was pretty certain school was going to be cancelled; so I decided to make a cup of decaf coffee, go outside on my balcony, and watch it snow. I was challenged in a book I had been reading to go outside for 10 minutes (no matter the season) just to appreciate God’s work. With it snowing, it seemed like the perfect time–I figured I could bare 10 minutes in the cold.
Little did I know that God was going to speak so clearly and so loudly even though the night was so quiet.
It started by God reminding me of the day I had just had. He reminded me of the anticipation of the snow that was coming. Then He started to remind me of the things I had been reading in my quiet time.
Prior to the snow, I had just finished studying the life of Joseph in Genesis. I don’t know if you know much about Joseph, but he was the “favorite” child of his dad according to his 11 brothers. Joseph also received a dream from God that he would rule over his brothers (Genesis 37:6-7) and of course Joseph could not keep this to himself. He told his brothers, and needless to say, they were not a fan. Later, Joseph was sold to Ishmaelites by his brothers (Genesis 37:25-28), the Ishmaelites sold him to Potiphar (Genesis 39:1), and Potiphar’s wife lied, which put Joseph in prison (Genesis 39:19-20). While in prison, the Lord was with Joseph, just like He had always been with Joseph. This allowed Joseph to accurately interpret dreams for some of Pharaoh’s workers (Genesis 40). After interpreting their dreams, Joseph asked that they remember him in hopes that one day he would be out of prison. Needless to say, Joseph was anxiously awaiting his freedom.
But, when would Joseph be remembered? When would he be released? When would these promises that came from the Lord be fulfilled in his own life?
In essence, Joseph was anxiously awaiting the SNOW! He knew it was coming; he was given all the signs. But he wasn’t sure of the exact moment. All Joseph had to go off was the word he had been given from God.
BUT “after two whole years” Joseph was remembered (Genesis 41:1). I love that! Joseph waited a long time to be remembered.
AND “then Pharaoh sent and called Joseph, and they quickly brought him out of the pit. And when he had shaved himself and changed his clothes, he came in before Pharaoh” (Genesis 41:14, emphasis mine).
Did yah catch that part? After waiting for so long, it happened quickly!
Just like Joseph was anxiously awaiting to be remembered, my students (and myself) were anxiously anticipating the snow. But in life, we (really me) anxiously wait on something we don’t have yet. However when God says it’s time, things happen quickly.
Once Joseph was remembered, things happened quick! Once that snow started to fall, the ground was covered quick!
When God puts things into motion, literally nothing can get in the way.
It was God’s simple way of telling me, “I still remember you. I know what I have told you. Do you see that snow? I told it to fall. Do you see how fast the snow covered the ground? I, the Lord your God, did that. Yes, you may be anxiously awaiting for my promises to be delivered, but at the appointed time, it will happen quickly. Rachel… I am with you just like I was with Joseph.”
That was incredible powerful! I needed that reminder. Standing on my balcony, just wanting to enjoy the snow fall, and God had bigger plans.
God speaks in the everyday. He uses anything and everything to garb our attention. He wants us to firmly believe that what He says He will do, will WITHOUT A DOUBT be done.
There is no one as reliable as our Heavenly Father!
We may not understand why we are waiting, but God sure knows how our our time spent waiting will mold us and shape us–hopefully to become more like Him. Most often, God uses this waiting time as an opportunity to shape us into who we need to become. We just have to be willing to become the person He is making us become.
So in the midst of your waiting, remember Joseph’s story. Remember the snow. Because at the right time, God will move quickly!