While everyone rushed to get milk and bread, I soaked in the rise and calm of the morning sun
24 hours later, freezing rain falls in bitter cold temperatures
24 hours after that, the sun rises behind ice-laden trees
As the weekend approached and forecasts from local meteorologists claimed that a severe winter storm was imminent for our neck of the woods, everyone scattered to their nearby grocery store to stock up on bread, milk and whatever essentials they deemed necessary. I always find it comical when I watch reports on the news where people quickly clean the shelves of their local markets and their shopping carts look like they are anticipating the zombie apocalypse.
Now, mind you I am no way suggesting that we do not prepare for severe weather accordingly. But, in all of their furor and sheer panic to rush to the grocery and hardware stores, I wonder if these anxiety-stricken people took a moment to reflect on the quiet before the storm. Chances are, they didn’t.
Can you imagine the amount of peace our spirits would have if we simply paused for a moment each day to express our sincere gratitude for the gifts we’ve been blessed with? The best time to do this is in the tranquil presence of the morning and not after a storm strikes. A personal storm can appear throughout the course of the day, but you will be able to remember and reflect on that inner peace, which surpasses all understanding and gives you comfort!