Cynthia L. Eppley 03/09/2021
Slip Sliding Away
Many of you know that we have a dog, Ella. And Ella needs walked about 4 times each day. I’ve noticed several things on my most recent walks, as they have been complicated by snow and ice.
The snow is beautiful, isn’t it?
But it begins to melt. We have a stream at the bottom of our block and it is a living indicator of the melt off. If I hear it from the top of the hill, I know it is a frothing, roiling torrent, rushing through the park. But more often, it is quiet with just a few sloshing rapids.
I lean over the top of the bridge, and can gauge how the stream is doing. But last week, the water was up. And the snow had not melted!
Or so it seemed.
On further investigation, the snow had creeped up and the run off was racing down the street to the storm drains.
Under the snow banks.
On the surface, the snow looked immovable. Impassable. And very slippery. But underneath it all, a different dynamic unfolded.
Life and Snow and Peace
Snow can cover ugly streets and muddy fields. It can look white and pure, pristine. But often, digging beneath the surface brings us greater truth.
Is there Peace?
“They dress the wound of my people as though it were not serious. ‘Peace, peace,’ they say, when there is no peace.” Jeremiah 6:14
We know the quarantine and isolation has been hard for so many people.
But then we see intensive need:
A Young Dad “He is a young dad of 3 kiddos! This is a lottery game when COVID strikes. 46 days on the ventilator. 48 days since I talked to you last. We’re still hoping and praying.”
Toby Mac From Christian song writer TobyMac Feb 19: ( TobyMac Yesterday at 12:00 PM ) I wrote “Help is on the Way (maybe midnight)” after a season in the valley of sad songs. With a broken heart after losing my firstborn son and stepping almost immediately into quarantine everything was dark. I woke up one day and turned to the Psalms. I read that “God is rolling up His sleeves”. What beautiful imagery. This picture turned me from having hope to yelling it from the rooftops. The God of all creation is rolling up His sleeves on our behalf. What a promise. We are not forgotten, not at all. That very morning I started writing;
“It may be midnight or mid day, never early, never late He’s gon’ stand by what he claims, I’ve lived enough left to say… help is on the way”.
Tim Challies Fellow blogger Tim Challies: His son Nick died unexpectedly. (Mar 5, 2000-Nov 3, 2020.) Jan 15, 2021: A Family Update:
Tim wrote this on Nick’s 21st birthday:
Close to Home
Bob’s sister, Carole, died from Covid in early Jan. (The Dawn of 2021: Every Moment Counts ) His cousin died Feb 12. We have both had Covid. We are still in recovery, going on over 3 weeks. Lungs are slow to clear and coughs and fatigue remain.
Still Waters Run Deep
Sometimes, when things look peaceful and calm on the surface? They hide pain and suffering that resides deep within.
Each of us has struggled in a variety of ways in the past year. But often we hide it.
Run Silent Run Deep
Edward L. Beach wrote Run Silent Run Deep which became an immediate bestseller; it was later made into a Hollywood blockbuster 1958, starring Clark Gable and Burt Lancaster.
I watched it with my father.
I’m sure I didn’t understand the finer details of submarines and conflict between captains.
But I did understand that safety for the submarine was in silence and being unknown—invisible.
Is this the best we can do?
In these troubled times, perhaps we are called to look beneath the surface. Perhaps we are called to compassion, intentional caring, and reaching out to one another.
As sure as summer follows spring, the snow will melt.
The run off will pour into the streams, and make their way to the rivers and ocean.
“So let us know, let us press on to know the LORD. His going forth is as certain as the dawn; And He will come to us like the rain, Like the spring rain watering the earth.”
Fulfill the Law
Galatians 6:2 “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”
Let us be the nourishing rain for our brothers and sisters, our neighbors, our church family.
Let us dig beneath the surface to encourage and lift up one another. Let us not be put off by surface snow and ice and crusty appearances. Let us press on to know Him, and to know others, and so fulfill the law of Christ.