I look out the window at a snow-covered yard. Pristine. Not a single footprint.
It’s like looking at a picture of a dessert when the wind is still.
The shadow from the tree looks like a picture.
Cold, white, smooth. Did I mention cold?
I stand and wonder when the peaceful display before me will be tarnished. When will footprints tarnish the landscape?
It reminds me of going through a dark time. While there it seems never-ending. Still. Alone. Cold. Like the path shown in this picture. The walls of snow are too high to waver from it. If anything more falls it will be hard to see out from the path set before me.
But dark times are not peaceful. And they are not white. They are sometimes tarnished so much we cannot see it. (I think of a past post The Father’s Path)
Sometimes we can feel alone as a mom. We feel isolated due to the cold weather and not being able to get out, or we just are not able to connect with another person even when the sun is shining. Our kids are our focus and all of our energy is poured into them with little left over for ourselves. It’s so easy to get cold.
Think of the snow-covered yard. Hiding under the brilliant white snow an amazing work is happening. Miniscule work, but it’s happening and will result in green grass, colorful flowers and lots of life. We cannot see it looking at the still layer of snow almost protecting everything from fun and laughter.
This will happen in our lives as moms, too. We will see the fruitful result of our love pouring into our children. We will see the sun shining on our toes and theirs as well feel the oppressive cold snow lift and our smiles return.
For now know that you are not alone. You are growing, just as they are. You are emerging as a beautiful flower. The process is just harder to see because you are the one changing through this cold time. It’s hard to see a beautiful snow sculpture in the beginning stages, too…
Snow brings peace. It really does – eventually!