A Beautiful Thing to Watch

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For most of yesterday, I sat at my desk laying out a lesson on the Mediterranean Sea for the new middle school/junior high world history curriculum we are writing. As I looked for pictures of cork trees and orange trees in Spain, olive trees in Montenegro, and cedars in Lebanon, God decorated the world outside my window.

First, He sent a layer of ice that turned our gray road white. Gradually the ground began to sparkle white, too. He sent drop after drop of freezing rain. He coated every dry stick in the garden and the green branches of the shrubbery until they looked like clear Tootsie Pops.

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In the afternoon, He began to send a mixture of snow and sleet. When I leaned to look below my window, I could see the tiny pellets of sleet bouncing upward as they hit the frozen branches of the shrubbery.

Earlier in the day, I took photos through the windows around the house and a few from the porch.

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In late afternoon, I wrapped up and ventured outside.

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I was careful not to make too many tracks, so the snow would still look pretty today.

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You work like God does. He kept at it, one drop and pellet and flake after another until the world outside my window was gleaming white.

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He sends forth His command to the earth;
His word runs very swiftly.
He gives snow like wool;
He scatters the frost like ashes.
He casts forth His ice as fragments;
Who can stand before His cold?
Job 38:15-17

You keep at it, too — one verb and fact and field trip and hug and kiss and pat and encouragement after another until your child is ready to go into the world and then you keep on doing it even then. It’s a beautiful thing to watch.


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  1. Oh, goodness, Charlene. I couldn’t decide whether to gaze at the lovely scene outside of your windows, or at the gorgeous décor inside instead. So beautiful!

    You have such a wonderful way of extracting spiritual and practical applications from all you see, do, and experience. I thank God for giving you this gift, to use for encouraging me and many others!

    Speaking of your world history curriculum…yesterday while Josiah and I were reading “Chester,” I had the thought that it would be so awesome if this curriculum could include a CD of songs from the different periods in American history we are studying. A potential thought to keep in mind for the future…?

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