This has been a hard winter. Cold and ice in quantities not seen for many years. And today another few more inches of snow, blowing in a strong East wind, bringing drifts up to several feet deep in places. Our resident Westie, with his short legs, has quickly become disillusioned with this icy layer, and seems to have lost his appetite for his usual shenanigans. So our routines are disrupted. Activities and plans have had to be postponed and rescheduled. But this morning, before I lapsed into musings on the injustices of life, heading for a negative, downward spiral, I read the first verse of Colossians 3. Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of Heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honour at God’s right hand. The realities of heaven. Much more fruitful to muse on that! The snowy environment soon becomes an annoying nuisance, but Heaven? No cold, icy blasts there. No flurries of frozen water penetrating to where it is least welcome. No Heavenly Met Office, warning of a red zone of danger, spreading doom and gloom through the media outlets.
But we have a different perspective. We can lift our spiritual and physical eyes up off the slushy ruts of living in this fallen world, and instead focus on Jesus, and our eternal home. Where our Saviour is preparing a mansion for us. What will it be like? No-one knows for sure. But it will be more like Eden than Edinburgh. Speaking of which, let’s be like the penguins at Edinburgh Zoo, a tourist video this morning showing them having a ball welcoming the falling snow. In the same way we can welcome the grace of God pouring out from His very throne, touching us with His love and mercy.
Well, the sun has appeared – time to clear the path yet again.