Kianna Garmanian, Staff Writer
How refreshing has it been to get a taste of the beautiful Washington weather? It may rain a lot in this state, but there is nothing more gorgeous than when the sun decides to shine. Yet, as we all experienced last month, the snowy forecast caused a few school cancellations and delays. I now wish to share with you what I experienced during that winter snowstorm.
It was 9:00 a.m. and my alarm clock went off. Half-asleep, I rolled over in bed and hit the snooze button. Five minutes later, my alarm sounded once again. Did I have to get out of bed? I wasn’t quite ready, so I hit the snooze button for the second time. Finally, it was 9:15 a.m., and I forced myself to get up and pack my bags for the day. As I was heading out the door to go to my 10:00 a.m. class, I got a notification from my school. It read, “Due to the current weather conditions, classes and all school-related activities will be cancelled for today.” Immediately, I rushed to the window and opened my blinds. Behold…the world was white and covered with a beautiful layer of snow. Excited to have the day off from school, I grabbed my laptop, put on a movie, and hopped back in bed. What could be better than this? A relaxing morning, breakfast in bed, and no school.
The following day, I got notified that classes were cancelled again. This continued to happen… day after day. By the third or fourth day, I started getting bored. Yes, I enjoyed sleeping in and having a little extra time to relax, but I wanted to get out and move around. I was tired of being “snowed in,” and not being able to go anywhere. Perhaps you can relate to these feelings as well.
Here’s the thing: too often, we are all in a rush to go about the activities in our daily lives. We have so much to get done, accomplish, and complete, that we forget to make time to rest. By being snowed in for a few days and having school cancelled, I had the opportunity to settle down and rest…whether I liked it or not. Yet, there is great beauty and goodness found in rest. In fact, it is through moments of quiet, silence, and stillness that our Lord speaks. During this time, I was able to spend more time with God in prayer, go home and be with my family, and disconnect from my normal routine. Through this, I discovered a great peace that I didn’t even know I needed. Remarkably, the snow days brought unexpected healing to my body and soul, as I was able to connect with Jesus through the powerful silence of prayer.
My dearest brothers and sisters, Christ speaks to us in the silence of our hearts. Through prayer, Jesus brings deep peace, healing, and grace to our souls. He lifts up the spirit and transforms it through the depths of his everlasting love. My friends, make time for Jesus… take time to be still, to be silent, to sit in prayer with our Lord. Don’t wait for another snow day, when all activities are cancelled, to connect with Jesus in prayer. Make time for our Savior and for prayerful meditation every day, and may our Lord bless you abundantly.