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Storehouses of Snow


When Job ( a good man who suffered), questioned God, the Lord answered him with questions that left Job to understand that understanding God was beyond his human comprehension.  (see Job 38)  One of these questions was: “Have you entered the storehouses of snow or seen the storehouses of the hail which I reserve for times of trouble, for days of war and battle?”

A question to ponder, to take to heart, to store in one’s heart.  Some translations use the word treasuries, instead of storehouses. Perhaps, we, God’s humble children, might also find treasures in storehouses of snow – treasures  to assist us in times of trouble and days of battle.

It has been a long, hard winter in more than just weather.   While battling deep snow and sub zero temperatures, my husband, Howard, finished his fight with cancer.  He, by God’s mercy, won the battle.   What treasures were hidden  for him in this difficult, trying season of life.

Our Son Jim wrote in his Christmas letter:  ” My dad had stage 3 lymphoma.  4 long months later he is now cancer free, praise God!  His peace through it all confirmed his walk with Jesus.  He was truly okay with God’s will (win or lose), even though I wasn’t.  He lived out Philippians 1:21 (For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain,) before my eyes and inspired me to run my race strong.”

Jim’s words are one of Howard’s treasures hidden in the snow.  His season of difficulty bears fruit if it inspires our son to run his race strong.  That inspiration is a treasure Jim reserves for times of trouble and days of battle.  I have no doubt there are other treasures hidden away; some to be revealed as time goes by, and others that will remain hidden from Howard’s knowledge.

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Remembering An Overcomer

Laurie had a type of muscular dystrophy.   She entered our lives when she was a teenager with mobility challenges.   My husband was her pastor, and she attended the youth group we held in our home.  I can’t recall her ever asking us why a loving God allowed her to have a debilitating disease.  She asked me to study the book of Revelation with her.  I felt intimidated and inadequate for the task.  I knew nothing about that mysterious book of prophecy.  As we read it together, accepting what we didn’t understand, we found much we did understand – much that inspired us.  There were promises made to the saints who would overcome trials and sufferings.    We were told that patient endurance, faithfulness and wisdom on the part of the saints was called for.

Our paths separated as Laurie entered adulthood.  Life would challenge each of us in the years ahead, especially Laurie, as her illness left her needing a motorized scooter to remain mobile.   She overcame the temptations to bitterness, to despair, to self- pity.  She kept the faith.  She fought the good fight. The muscular dystrophy took her life when she was only 50.  She has received her reward.


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