“When It Snows on your Bloom”
As I write this article, it is snowing in North and Central Florida. Yes, I know that Northerners are currently snowed in and schools are closed; I realize that you are under FEET of snow and we only have flurries, but please be patient with me as I acknowledge that 50 degrees in Florida is a challenge for us. Some of us only own socks to wear with our flip-flop shoes and others don’t own a pair a gloves, as they try to pump the gas in their car. It is cold in Daytona Beach this morning, and you should have seen my hubby bundled up as he left for work this morning. #BabyItsColdOutside
This picture that I snapped was actually taken in Akron Ohio in November 2017. We traveled to my husband’s home town in order to attend a 60th birthday party for a life-long friend. It was Akron’s first snowfall of the season, and we were there to witness it! As our flight was landing, the passengers oo’ed and ahh’ed as they peeped out the window to see the snowfall, and I beamed at my husband with joy in my heart! “Honey, look at the snow!” Of course, it was fascinating to look at it as the airplane was landing, but once that cold hit us… oooh weee! The birthday party attendees arrived wearing their tuxedos and formal gowns, and they were all bundled up in furs and warm capes.
Sometimes it snows on your bloom. The birthday party went on as scheduled, of course because the local attendees were accustomed to the cold and they could dress appropriately for it. Bartee and I struggled through the cold to attend the party, even though our outerwear was not at all suitable for that cold weather! Sometimes, it will snow on your bloom and you still have to press on… just like my husband bundled up this morning to head to work. Sometimes, you have to press on through the challenge, in spite of the snow, in spite of the heat, in spite of the circumstance. Don’t let the snow block you from the sunshine as the sun will soon shine a blessing upon you!
The bible teaches us in Romans 5: 3-4:
“Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.”
That flower in this picture just BEAMED with hope! It still had hope that the sun was going to shine on it’s petals, in spite of being covered with snow. That flower still has hope that a bumble bee will buzz on by and pollinate it after the winter ends. THAT flower still had hope that it’s seeds would one day take root and create more flowers!
As this new year launches and we look forward to receiving more blessings, let us begin to appreciate the snowfalls that are behind us. Those snowfalls made us stronger! That challenge may have been expected, like when the seasons change, or it may not have been expected, but it certainly helped us grow and learn. That divorce is behind you now, and your life is different and that is ok! That death that you experienced was traumatic for the survivors in your family, but now you can reflect on the deceased and laugh at the memories. Bundle up, get prepared and enjoy the snowfall when it falls on your bloom because after the snow clears… your foundation will be moist and revived and the sun will shine on your life!
Come share your testimony of encouragement over adversity on our new show, streamed live on www.Facebook.com/AngieBEEandBarteeProductions The name of the show is “Getting Over the Hump with Angie BEE & Bartee” where my husband and I will feature music, laughs and stories of encouragement and love Your story may encourage someone else as they are facing their own snow storm! Join us Wednesday’s from 7:00 – 7:30pm EST and let get over the hump… together!