Today’s post is a poem about coping with my first winter home in decades.
I started a career of teaching ESL (English as a Second Language) overseas. Sunshine and palm trees was the kind of climate I grew accustomed to during much of my career.
Fast forward twenty years later and you can imagine how a different (colder) climate would shock my system…into cardiac arrest! Or better stated, facing my first winter back in Pennsylvania slid me into a season tailspin!
But when I look out the window nowadays, I’m so thankful that I could re-adapt to the seasonal changes I grew up with. I don’t think I’d welcome living in the Antarctica, or polar bear country, wherever that is, but thanks to lessons from my dog, I can survive a winter in the northeast.
God’s plan started in Fall as I gradually accustomed myself to cooler weather.
The northeast has been bombarded with snow this week. Right now, it’s coming down steadily. My brother talks about how he has plowed more than 200 driveways in the last 48 hours. The temperatures have been in the low teens with a wind chill temps in the double-digit negative numbers. I remember reading about this kind of weather as annotated by my grandmother in her journal years ago.
A Change of Heart
Adrift for years in sun-splashed countries
‘winter’ metamorphosed into a Fuji-sized dilemma
overpowering my mustard-sized faith;
I crept about shunning the cold
muttering foul judgments upon its epithet;
“Oh God, take away this fate!”
“Instead let me take you through it.”
God handed me three crucial tools:
a leash, my canine and God-binoculars
A plan to experience the winter I feared.
with my five senses stored in my pocked for easy access
I accepted His plan to woo me with His winter-love
because that year I began to embrace the snowflakes
encompassing God’s winter-warmth.
To read the heartwarming story behind this poem that I posted earlier this week, click on this link: A Fresh Look at Winter .
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