Oh my, the snow yesterday was only enjoyable when we got out into that invigorating “cold” (nothing like the temps will be eventually) and heard the squeak under our feet; but today–how beautiful to see the sun on all those clinging clumps on the trees! And blue sky, and a few stubborn oak leaves hanging on in spite of the brisk wind out there.
If you’re still feeling that snowy weather is a trial though, remember that “suffering” can be something that refines our character, that “weans” you from “the habit of always expecting to get your own way. Then you’ll be able to live out your days free to pursue what God wants instead of being tyrannized by what you want.” (1 Peter 4:2)
There are so many great verses in this chapter! He goes on to say that we should “love each other as if your life depended on it. Love makes up for practically anything.” And of course, some specific people to love are the homeless and the hungry. “Be generous with the different things God gave you,” Peter says, “passing them around so all get in on it”. (He seems to be saying that suffering people can find relief by helping/loving others.)
And then back to “when life gets really difficult, don’t jump to the conclusion that God isn’t on the job.” Here he’s again talking about that refining process, with the encouragement that “glory” is “just around the corner”! Yay! Hang in there! :)