We have seen crazy switches in weather the past few days. Last Wednesday and Thursday we were off for sub-zero temperatures. This Sunday we sat outside on the back patio and enjoyed some snacks after our community meeting...sans jackets.
But these photos are from the last weekend in January when I enjoyed some solitude over at the lake. While I was there, there was a bit of a crazy storm with high winds and at least a foot of snow. (The kids certainly enjoyed splashing in the remnant puddles today while we went for a warm-weather walk!)
Here was the scene at the lake when I ventured out without realizing I shouldn't have been venturing during that weekend of solitude.
The snow blew in my face; my legs were red from the chill. It was unreal cold. I didn't even step outside last week when we had off; I have no idea how bad it was. We pray for those who have no choice but to be outside in those chills, for whatever reason.
That evening, though, it had already started to break. Look at the juxtaposition of the skies in the scene at sunset.
Darkness to light, indeed.
The next morning was also full of winter beauty.
As challenging as the winter months can be, there is such beauty for those of us blessed enough to enjoy it safely and in warmth.
Let us walk in the holy presence.