Friday, January 30, 2009

"snow day" hope...

The past several days I've been reading fellow bloggers' tales of ice and freezing and no electricity in far-off wintry states. Their stories and photos bring back such delightful winter memories of my childhood. Nostalgic feelings and thoughts wash over me, as I remember the hopes of a child with one thought on her mind -- "I want a snow day!!!"

I remember when I was a kid growing up in Michigan, and it would start snowing heavily in the evening with a forecast of more, much more, to come. And I would begin to hope. My parents would watch the weather on tv and would then turn on the radio. I'd listen avidly before going to bed, hoping against all hope I would hear our school listed in the school closings that were already being announced. And I would hope.

I so wanted to hear it before I went to bed, so I could sleep in in the morning. Other schools were closing... but, usually, ours didn't. Undaunted, however, I would go to bed, still hoping...

I would wake up in the morning with great anticipation, look outside at what I was sure would be even more snow, and turn on the radio to listen for the school closings. My school was still not on the long list of closings, but I would start getting ready for school and continue listening to the radio... and I would continue to hope.

Unfortunately for me, our county, for some reason, rarely closed our school. All the other schools around us would be closing, but I guess ours just wanted us to "git are edjucashin." Oh, there actually were the occasional 'snow day' closings--I knew they could happen, and even sometimes did! And so I would always hope!

That hope was special. It was something more than simply wishing. There was excitement. And anticipation. And expectation. And that combination was so much deeper and richer and more powerful than a mere wish. It was an expectant waiting...and my whole heart and being was involved.

Hebrews 11:1 says: "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." I know what the author was talking about. After all, I had hoped for snow days! He wasn't talking about the "wishing" kind of hope that we seem to fall into. He was talking about "snow day" hope. And as I find my "hope in Christ," I want it to be that "snow day" hope... full of excitement, and anticipation, and a very deep, very real sense of expectation.
  • "...for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long." ~Psalm 25:5
  • "Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the LORD." ~Psalm 31:24
  • "We wait in hope for the LORD; he is our help and our shield." ~Psalm 33:20
  • "May your unfailing love rest upon us, O LORD, even as we put our hope in you." ~Psalm 33:22
  • "But now, Lord, what do I look for? My hope is in you." ~Psalm 39:7
  • "Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God." ~Psalm 42:1
  • "I will praise you forever for what you have done; in your name I will hope, for your name is good." ~Psalm 52:9
  • "Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him." ~Psalm 62:5
    Lord, teach us what it is to hope in You with Snow Day Hope.... cause our hearts to yearn with excitement, anticipation, and expectation as we wait on You...


  1. Sharilyn, Wise observations.

    And dear one, thank you so much for sharing your wisdom on my site this morning. In about an hour, I will be driving to a spiritual-retreat meeting, just as I did two weeks ago when I had the accident, and of course, passing by the site of the accident. Now I have "DECON" as a reminder. You're a blessing!

  2. I've never hoped for a snow day! LOL my friends act mad at me because I'm so anti snow day. But...your wisdom strikes home with me as I wait on another "hope".

  3. thanks, jennifer!

    and, char, i probably wouldn't be quite so thrilled about snow days now when i would have to shovel... but then again, perhaps! :) keep on hopin'...truly.

  4. This is just what I need today, Sharilyn.

    I'm back to Japan, only to find that my most precious Orchid is probably dying. I need a miracle! It probably sounds childish, but I'll appreciate if you'll pray for my Orchid, the fella means great deal to me.

  5. i will be happy to do so... no prayers are silly! God cares about our hearts and what matters to them! welcome back...i've missed you!! : )

  6. I really enjoyed this post, but I did feel a bit out of touch with it. We have had a really warm winter here, and I'm afraid for our summer (been 70s a lot the last couple of weeks).

    What part of Michigan did you grow up in? I have probably read it here, but I don't remember. I was born in Traverse City and we moved when I was pretty young.


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