Our backyard right now is a blanket of the heaviest, fluffiest of snow. Covering every inch of our land. It looks absolutely magical – during the morning when the sun is coming up and the wind blows the snow ever so softly across the yard. During the afternoon when the sun turns the snow into mush in our driveway and the boys tiny shoes are laced with mud. At night, when our Christmas lights are glowing on our front porch. Our house is lit and the light bounces off of the snow making it appear that a thousand pounds of glitter were tossed in the air.
Every ounce of its beauty is taken in.
It really is breathtaking.
Then you take another look and realize the trees branches are so heavily weighed down by the snow. Inches upon inches, making them droop so low they touch the ground. Wondering if the weight is too much to hold that the branches will just snap. A day passes, the sun shines through even stronger and slowly but surely you see the packs of snow drop from the branches and plop onto the ground. The branches weight is lifted, and they can breathe again.
Much like life – as beautiful as it is, the heaviest of times will come. You will feel weighed down, and just aching to feel that weight lifted off of your shoulders.
The beauty of it all? God will never give you more than you can handle. Just as the sun helped the trees shed the heavy snow, the difficult moments will pass. Finding the beauty in troubled times is not the easiest of tasks – yet it can be done.
The weight is there for a reason.
But there will always come a time where the weight is lifted, not that it hurts any less, but you will feel love more than the pain.
Take in the beauty around you – pay attention to the ordinary. For the ordinary things that we encounter on a day-to-day basis always end up being the extraordinary things we will never forget.
XoXo – Abby