Winter in Maine—Brrr! Temperatures below freezing, and often below zero. Snowstorms. Icy roads. Lots of thick, uncomfortable clothes. Long trudges through deep snow to get to school. But I loved it as a kid, even as a teenager. How could I not? For many delights also blew in with wintry weather—the anticipation of a white Christmas, the laughter of a snowball fight, a brisk ride on a sled (often made out of a cardboard box) down a steep hill. And, of course, snow days, which meant a day off from school…to play in the very inclement weather that kept me home.
I loved to lie in the icy white flurry and make snow angels, staring toward the sky as I pushed out then pulled in my arms and legs. Over and over. The swish of nature’s powder steadied the rhythm of my heart while snowflakes drifted closer, falling on my face and tickling my nose. Intriguing my mind, for each flake revealed its own distinct pattern. Some were easy to see while others displayed less obvious designs. All unique, but for what purpose? Such beauty couldn’t be of God. For if He existed innocent young girls wouldn’t suffer the wrath of drunken rage, or the torment of abandonment. Right?
Wrong. Now truth reigns, for I know God lives. Jesus Christ is the Messiah. My journey to salvation…well, I’ll save that story for another time.
As a Christian, the loveliness of snowflakes no longer eludes me (though I rarely feel their cold tickles on my face since moving to Texas). I believe their intricate patterns represent God’s plans for each of us. Beautiful, yet complicated designs. Interwoven lines and shapes reflect the many ways we cross paths with one another, affect the lives of other people with small acts (good and bad)…
A teenage athletic trainer removing his hoodie in below freezing temperatures then giving it to a nine-year-old ball boy on the sidelines of a football game. A publisher giving a newbie writer the chance of a lifetime. Random acts of road rage, such as the one described in No Eye Has Seen by Graham Carter.
Christmas is the perfect time to celebrate the beauty of snowflakes so I’m giving away a copy of No Eye Has Seen. In my opinion, the story demonstrates God’s intricate plans for each of us. In recent communications with Graham, he and I discussed the many ways in which the writing world has changed since he wrote the lovely story. Regardless of human preferences in writing styles, He has plans for each of us. What better time to celebrate such truth than Christmas?
So, leave a comment below telling me about your favorite snow day activity and you’ll be entered into the drawing. You can also enter the drawing by signing up to follow my blog (on the sidebar), sharing this post on Twitter (@AngieBrashear must be included), or liking my FB page (http://facebook.com/AngieBrashearAuthor) between December 16th and 22nd. And don’t forget to enter another giveaway here to win a Kindle or a $90 Amazon gift card.