It's true that I struggle my way through winter. I'd much rather be lying on a warm beach than shoveling my sidewalk for the umpteenth time that week. But even through the inconveniences and spiritual warfare of this season, I can't help seeing the artistry that exists only in winter. There is no other time of year when crystals appear like magic, falling through space to land on our upturned faces. No other season can claim the sharp contrast of colors and shadows that winter boasts. No other months carry the blinding brightness of the sun reflected on untouched white snow.
I admit that right now it's easy to write about winter's beauty. It's been sunny out and the blue sky seems to stretch its arms eagerly toward me as I stand in the frigid air. My breath comes in steamy puffs as my eyes water with the sun's rays bounding exuberantly into them. But when the sun grows weary and tucks herself into cozy blankets of gray clouds, then what? When the bright contrast fades and the world turns monochrome, will I remember the joy of this moment? Will those rays still reflect in my soul?
I capture what I can now as my defense. My shield against the gray. I bathe in the glory of the icy canvas stretched outside my window. I breathe in the beauty and bask in the delight of now. The gray will come, but today the sun shines and so will I.
It was one of those days. The morning captured light softly and perfectly. Blue skies let the sun shine brilliantly against the sparkling snow. I went sledding and took a few pictures and just enjoyed the day (which was Tuesday).
It was a lovely day in which some wonderful winter memories were made.
What are some winter memories you've made this winter that you want to cherish?
There's contrast between the white snow and the dark sky and the even darker trees. The nights are crisp. The snow covers everything like God's grace covers me, her, him, and even you. It sparkles with purity and lands softly. Fresh. Water drips from branches, twigs, berries that refuse to let go. It freezes and catches the morning light that glows just like your face the first time you went sledding.
And let's not forget the warm fires, or maybe the sweaters and fuzzy socks. Being closer to another human than usual just trying to stay warm. Hot drinks that you don't want to have in summer. Snow on pine trees. The little things about this cold season that can make it not-so-dreary if you let them.
It's actually a lovely thing.