Snow is falling, wind is blowing but I can't get myself to stay inside where it is warm and dry. Something within me wants to experience the storm, not from behind the window but it is pushing me outside of the cosines of my warm home. I have to find Nemo for myself. Out of the corner of my eye I catch a glance from my wife which makes the corners of my lips lift. She thinks I am a little crazy. It makes me feel a little young! You know maybe this is what drives those crazy folks I see on the news to ignore the very sound advice we here from safety officials to stay inside. But if this is going to be a top ten storm of all time, then I want to taste it, I want to feel it, I have to go outside!
My son (13) and I venture off to do our first round of shoveling knowing that if we wait too long, it is going to be much tougher to move this kind of heavy snow. We sure got more than what we bargained for. The wind is devilishly playful as it seemed to spray us with falling snow as well as dusting us with the snow that has already fallen on the ground. When I look back at the spot I just shoveled is already covered with a fresh layer of snow. I can't keep up with it. And this is by no means the worst of it, it is only the beginning. However, I have to admit that the kid in me is wide awake and loving every minute of it. I look up to see my son laughing at me for the noises that escape me each and every time I fill my shovel. He is growing so fast. Flashbacks of `78 pepper my memory. I was 8 years old for that storm and could not fathom the danger of so much snow. To me it was simply a wonderland that my brothers and I had to explore.
I'll be out there again in another few hours ready for a brand new adventure, but I trust everyone stays safe. While we all might want a good story to come from this storm, the important thing is that we all survive it.
For those who might be a little nervous or even scared, I share these encouraging words from scripture:
Psalm 107:28-30 (NLV)
28 Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble. And He took them out of all their problems. 29 He stopped the storm, and the waves of the sea became quiet. 30 Then they were glad because the sea became quiet. And He led them to the safe place they wanted.