Closer Than You Think

The day before Thanksgiving my husband Billy suggested a family outing. A friend of his had posted on Facebook that he and his family were enjoying snow that day in the mountainous area, Butte Meadows.

Billy was ready to head to the hills (for snow), but I had lots of questions.

“Where is the snow?”

“What should we do about not having snow gear?”

“What about lunch?”

(Notice the difference in our personalities? Ms. Planner vs. Mr. Spontaneity lol.)

We quickly developed a divide and conquer plan. I ran an errand and Billy took our six year old son Liam to Kmart to pick up the necessary snow gear. We grabbed fast food (I know, I know lol) on our way out of town, and we began our trek into the mountains.

As our elevation increased, we couldn’t help but notice the pleasant temperatures and absence of snow.

“Billy, are you sure there’s snow?” I asked.

“Yes, he is there now,” he answered. We attempted to access Facebook, but had no cell reception. Upon arriving at Butte Meadows, we noticed a small country store.

“Stop and ask if they know where the snow is,” I encouraged Billy.  At the store, Billy was informed that he needed to continue to the fork in the road and veer left for 10 minutes, and there would be snow.

And that’s what we did. Until the road became unpaved gravel, full of potholes. Our vehicle, a Hummer, could have handled it. We could have went further, but it felt risky. We both agreed we should turn around. We made the best of it by stopping and playing, and then made our way down the hill.

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When we arrived home, Billy messaged his friend about the snow. How did he see it and we missed it??? His friend’s response revealed that…

 

WE MISSED THE SNOW BY MINUTES. WE HAD BEEN CLOSER THAN WE REALIZED!

 

While debriefing about our spontaneous adventure, Billy drew a comparison to a life lesson. He explained to me that often in life we have no idea how close we are to a break through. (According to the  Cambridge dictionary, a break through  is: “an important development or discovery that helps to solve a problem.”)

 

Maybe you need a break through in….

 

*a relationship with a loved one that has become distant.

* establishing a healthy pattern or breaking a bad habit.

*developing a business plan.

*a situation that you have been praying about for days, weeks, months, or even YEARS!

 

It is imperative that you not give up! But HOW DO WE KEEP FROM GIVING UP?

 

Next week’s blog post will explore just that- how to keep going, when you don’t feel like it! A timely theme with the start of the New Year just around the corner!

 

From our home to yours: we wish you a very Merry Christmas! Praying that your holiday is extra special and filled with THE HOPE of Christmas!

 

Isaiah 9:6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

 

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