Winter can be so beautiful some times. I love to see the ground and trees covered with snow. Everything is so defined. It seems you can see for miles through the woods where you usually are only able to see a small distance. This is about the only time I can appreciate winter. Most of the time I’m just wishing spring would show up and chase the cold away. I can live with the few times each year that it snows where I live, but what I really hate is the ice that winter often brings. Even then it can be beautiful, but traveling is dangerous, and at times, impossible. Trees fall down, roads and bridges ice over, causing wrecks. The electricity often goes off, leaving some cold and in the dark, sometimes for days or weeks. The winter months can be harsh and bitter, depending on where you live, but if you look, you can always find a silver lining behind those winter clouds.
A few weeks ago we lost our electricity because of the ice. It was only for a few hours, but I felt so helpless. All I could do was call the electric company and pray, and wait. We sat down to eat just as it was getting dark. We lit some candles and a lamp and shared a candlelight supper. Then when the lights came back on, we played a game of Scattergories. It was a good evening of family fun. We laughed, we cried, we laughed some more. We had a great time just being together with nothing to distract us. The electricity going out was a good thing, because it gave us some extra time to enjoy being together as a family.
In today’s busy world with all the things we have to distract us, families are drifting further and further apart. We see it every day, and each year it just gets worse, but what some don’t see is, it’s Satan’s plan to destroy the family. Family keeps us grounded. Family gives us stability and knowing that someone loves us and cares for us keeps us on the right track. Just look at what kind of trouble people get into when they don’t have family to rely on and keep them headed in the right direction. Especially young people.
God created the family for a reason. Nothing happens by chance, yet so many want to believe that we evolved from a rock over millions of years. God is intentional. He knows what he’s doing. The Bible tells us in the book of Genesis that God created our galaxy, the earth, the ocean, the trees, the plants and animals and every thing else. Then he told Adam and Eve to start a family. (Genesis 1:1-28)
Family is important to God. Before he sent the flood to cleanse the earth from sin, he told Noah to build an ark to save his family. (Genesis 6 and 7) Before he destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, he sent angels to bring Lot and his family out of the city. (Genesis 19) When he destroyed Jericho, he saved Rehab and her family (Joshua 2) and there are many more examples in God’s word where God preserves the family.
We need to learn to follow God’s leading. If family is important to God, it should be important to us. Families need to spend more time together and learn to support each other, not just when times get rough or when we lose a family member. Too often this is the only time some families are civil to each other. It shouldn’t take a death in the family to get people to be nice to each other.
Family is one of those things that God has programmed into our instincts but we need to be intentional about preserving relationships. The way the world is today, it breeds selfishness in all of us. We don’t take time for family like we should and some don’t even think it is important any more, but God does. If he does, shouldn’t we?
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