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The interesting thing about snowfall is the same interesting thing about weather. We can try to predict it, we can prepare for it, or we can ignore it, but still it comes. Winter brings snow. Some months there’s a lot of it–sometimes all at once–other years, not so much, maybe just a dusting.

Even when we prepare, no one likes shoveling snow; walking up and down the driveway until the snow is cleared, hearing metal scrape concrete or smelling the exhaust from your snowblower. You come in after that and get some hot cocoa, maybe snuggle under a blanket with a warm bowl of soup. That’s the part you enjoy. Not the getting there. Getting there is messy, cold, sniffle-y, slippery. Your back gets sore, your patience wears thin trying to start your blower.

When we don’t prepare, we’re surprised. Often getting stuck because we didn’t change our summer tires to winter ones. We get impatient with how the city plows (or doesn’t clear the streets). Our snowblowers sit in garages await repairs when they could be used to help clear driveways and sidewalks.

Meteorologists make their best guesses as to how much snow we might get. Usually pretty accurate and schools cancel based on their predictions. We place our hands in the fate of men and science, hoping they won’t fail us. They won’t be wrong, won’t tell us that we’re supposed to get 7 inches then only get 1 or less. They won’t convince us that we’re supposed to get a light dusting, but it turns into a blizzard.

And yet we’d rather prepare then leave things to chance, hoping we’ve done enough to get by.

In a similar way, we don’t know the day or the hour that Jesus will return (Matt 24:36). Only that He will. Yet, sometimes, I find myself resting when I could be preparing. Not that all rest is bad, but I can’t let rest become laziness. If all I do is rest, I won’t be ready for His return. I’ll be taken off guard and will have to scramble. Not a fun prospect in winter; probably not a fun time at the End of Days.

We may not know the time of His return, but we can prepare for it now. We can choose to let Him be sovereign in our lives, to live by His commandments, and show others that love conquers all. If we are the light of the world and the salt of the Earth, then let’s clear a path for our neighbors. Let’s help those who are stuck to move.

Plow a driveway, salt a sidewalk, push a car…there are numerous little things that one can do to build relationships, but at the end of the day, our lives should point people back to Him. If we’re kind to get favors in return or out of some neighborly obligation, we aren’t acting true to the purpose of Christian brotherhood. Our fellow humans need our help and we should give them aid freely, gladly, and with 100% effort. No matter our mood, our riches, or our station.