I was dragged out of bed at 6:30 this morning by my nine year old son, who stood at my bedroom door and reported that his father and the neighbor were pushing our car back up the driveway.
I pulled jeans and a sweatshirt over my pajamas and stuffed my feet into my daughter’s boots so I could go and help, but by the time I was presentable (I use that term very loosely) the car was already back in the garage and Patrick was headed back across the street to his own snowy mess.
My husband and son then proceeded to stand near me and many words came from their mouth-holes. All the words. Before I had even one sip of coffee, they were trying to engage me in sustained conversation.
My husband switched vehicles and backed into the street with my van. As I stood on the front porch and watched him leave, I think his last words to me were, “Audrey’s story for LTC needs to be printed out and mailed today!” but I heard him through a veil of crankiness fueled by a piercing, sudden hatred of snow, and snow days, and shoveling snow.
The Holy Spirit and I have trouble working together before I’ve had coffee. This isn’t an excuse, merely an explanation of the situation.
Now, nearly two hours later, I’ve had two cups of coffee and some Bible reading time and I almost feel like I might not shoot someone before 9:30. I thought maybe I could reframe some of my crankiness into a more mature, Christ-like view. So, here we go. Let’s see if I’ve had enough coffee and Jesus to make it through the day:
- I will not hate shoveling, because shoveling is free exercise. There are people paying trainers at terribly expensive gyms for the workout I’m about to get. Again. I’ll have abs of steel by lunch!
- I will not be cranky that I’m stuck here with a vehicle that’s the equivalent of a high heel shoe in the snow (a 1996 Mustang with a V8 and rear wheel drive– for the curious, car-minded reader). I will be thankful that it’s a reliable car for 359 days each year.
- I will not be angry at the snow plow guys who take their sweet-bippy time getting to our neighborhood, because I realize it takes a lot of time to plow 14 inches of snow (plus drifting!) out of all their contracted properties. They’ve probably barely slept for two nights. Also– and this part has endeared C D Lawn Maintenance to me for the rest of my years– yesterday the snow they moved from the street created a new drift almost two feet high across our driveway. The snow plow driver saw us trying to shovel it out and opened his window to say, “Here, let me see what I can do. Back up a minute.” We obediently backed up and in two swipes and 45 seconds he cleared out what would have taken us at least a half hour in the howling wind to shovel. I could have kissed the man.
- I will not fret about the work I cannot get to in my office at the church, because I also have a pile of writing to do here in my own house. This snow day gives me the time I need to get some major writing and editing accomplished.
- I’m trying to find something to be thankful for about this most recent snow day the kids get from school, but I’m not finding anything. We’ve had about all the quality time together we can handle this weekend and our screen time is pushing the upper limits of negligence and bad parenting.
Oh, well. Four out of five isn’t too bad. I hear the county snow plows are already out and clearing streets that were drifted shut last night, so life should be back to normal by this afternoon.
How’s your day going so far? Did you get any snow?
Since you have heard about Jesus and the have learned the truth that comes from him, throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God– truly righteous and holy. (Ephesians 4:21-23, NLT)