Then last night they said that the temperatures were going to plummet and they were expecting snow even in Gauteng. Now Pretoria is on average between 2 and 3 degrees warmer than Johannesburg and we don't even get the sleet that the Jo'burg people sometimes get during winter. So for that reason I never thought about snow falling here.
This morning as the reports were coming in about snow falling in the outlining areas I was telling my team about my 25th birthday. I was desperate to see snow. I was travelling in the States and every time I left a place it would start to snow but not while I was there. Philadelphia saw snow as my bus pulled out of the station, DC had snow arrive the day after I left and in New York the snow was slush when I arrived. I spent my birthday with special friends in Memphis and the Sunday afternoon of my birthday we all took a nap. I remember my friend Lande waking me up with the words "Lis, its snowing....happy birthday". I jumped up and raced for the door. I had no shoes on, no warm jacket.....just a t shirt and jeans and the happiest heart ever!!!!
I danced in the snow, made snow angels and tried to build a snowman!!! It was the first time in years it had snowed in Memphis in March. God gave me the best birthday gift ever.
As I shared my snow story I got all heart sore and I am not ashamed to say a tear or two made its way down my face. I guess I needed to be reminded about how blessed I am, how much God loves me because lately I have been so miserable. Between waking up between 10 and 500 times a night for my dad, working 10 to 12 hour days, meeting deadlines and helping out at home I have been running on empty and yes feeling very sorry for myself. From Friday it escalated and I was in the throws of a very good pity party but then..........
I looked outside my window and saw a flurry fall to the ground. I stood up and saw more......
|It all started with a flurry|
|Busi and I trying to catch a little of the action|
|Ilandia and I.....and baby Kayla too!!!|
|Ok this was the game changer.....first time Ilandia and Busi have seen snow!!!|
|In fact the first time many of my colleagues have seen snow|
|Joesph on his way home in the second round of snow we had falling....|
|It fell much harder and stuck longer the second time around|
I just realised that that is what snow represents to me......joy, happiness, laughter and life!!!
Some days I think that our Heavenly Father just wants to send us a reminder that we are blessed and that miracles do happen.....when we believe!!!
I CHOOSE to believe that the snow falling is a reminder that God is in control and that He knows the plans He has for my life...plans for me to succeed!!!
I CHOOSE (in my arrogance) to believe that the falling snow was a message from God that the pity party is over and it is being replaced by joy, happiness, laughter and life!!!