Christmas Eve Snow
When my nephew, Zane, was born, it was the greatest thing to ever happen to me. Having a nephew meant there was a new baby to love and cuddle and play with. It was basically like having a baby doll to play with, but one you could give back whenever the baby started to cry. Seeing him grow up and learning to walk and talk has been so much fun.
But nothing was more fun than Zane seeing snow for the first time. Growing up in Texas means you don’t always get to see snow and get to play in it. But that changed one Christmas Eve. We were sitting in the living room with Zane when my mom looked outside the window and said, “Oh, look there’s snow on ground!” Everyone rushed to the window to be the first to see the ground covered in pure white and untouched by foot prints.
I opened the front door and there was snow everywhere! It covered the grass, sidewalks, streets, everything! “Zane, come look at the snow, buddy!” I said, picking him up and showing him. “Oooh!” He said, reaching out, wanting to touch it. We closed the door and started putting on jackets, boots and looking for warm hats, scarves and gloves for Zane. We dressed him up and took him outside to see his first snowfall. We walked with him down the driveway, letting him stop to touch the snow on the car and the sidewalk. “What do you think?” I asked him, making a snowball in my hand and handing it to him. “Wow!” he said, taking it and looking at it and even trying to eat the snow! When it got too cold to stay outside, we had to bring Zane inside to get warm, but he did not want to go! He wanted to keep playing in the snow and was so sad when we took him inside.
Seeing Zane have so much fun reminded me that this was only possible thanks to God, who created the snow and made it fall on Christmas Eve. Psalm 8:3 says, “When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place.” God has created many things here on earth that we like to play in, like snow in the winter and the oceans that we play in during the summer. God enjoys seeing us enjoy the things He has created. Sometimes we forget to have fun until we see someone we know having fun and then we remember. Zane having fun in the snow reminded me to make sure I was relishing the things God has created. In His infinite love for us, God has provided us nature as a way to connect and spend time with Him.
By Brianna LeBlanc