Yesterday morning I woke up to a blanket of fresh, heavy snow over the ground and clinging to the tree branches. I knew it was coming but I was still surprised by the sight. After all, it is the middle of April – well past the first day of spring. I threw on my boots and coat and headed to go let the chickens out whom didn’t seem to be phased by the snow.
After witnessing the beauty, it called to me to create as nature so often does. Snow especially is beautiful to me and I love to photograph it. I took a short walk and started to take pictures but I was so taken by what I was seeing and experiencing that I went to go wake my sleeping daughter and invite her to come with me. (Lots of pictures coming your way. Keep reading below).
Walking down the right-of-way (the old railroad bed that spans our entire farm) was a magical experience, as if we were transported to Narnia itself.
It wasn’t snowing, but because it was starting to warm up the large clumps of snow were falling from the branches, really drawing us into a serene feeling. Step after step we listened to the snow crunch under our feet, birds chirping, flying around happily for they knew what was coming…
…the sun peeked out, the blue skies started to show through the parted clouds, the snow began to melt, and the beautiful green hiding beneath was able to spring to life.
I was profoundly taken by the parallels of the story of Narnia to the day yesterday. It started out cold and dark, snow across the land and as the day went on it ended in green grass, beautiful sunshine, and flowers blooming. Here are a couple excerpts from the book by C. S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe:
“Now they were steadily racing on again. And soon Edmund noticed that the snow which splashed against them as they rushed through it was much wetter than it had been last night….“
“All around them, though out of sight, there were streams chattering, bubbling, splashing and even (in the distance) roaring. And his heart gave a great leap (though he hardly knew why) when he realised that the frost was over.“
“This didn’t prevent Edmund from seeing. Only five minutes later he noticed a dozen crocuses growing around the foot of an old tree—gold and purple and white.“
“This is a simple but power metaphor: Winter cold suggests the deathblow of evil in human lives; and springtime to suggest personal transformation and the redemption of the whole human race.” (The Song of Songs: Exploring the Divine Romance, by Charlie Cleverly).
The more I thought about how the day started versus how it ended, it is so relatable to what we’re facing right now in our time. This time of high fear – fear for our health, fear for our families, fear for our leaders (world, local, and medical), fear for the economy, etc… we must focus on just moving forward because really that’s all we can do. We can’t let the evil in and destroy our lives. In the weeks past our world has been in that deep and heavy tundra frost like the forests of Narnia. The virus (much like the white witch) is trying to keep it’s hold over the land, using anything in it’s sight to destroy and become that all powerful being; to conquer it all. But! But… there might be other plans. Plans from the divine to defeat evil. Can you feel the heavy frost clinging over our world starting to melt? I think I can. It’s starting to drip. It will take more time, more effort, more moving forward and more faith. But it will come. Soon the snow will be gone, the tiny brooks will babble, the mighty rivers will roar, and the flowers will bloom. The sunshine will descend on us and warm our faces once more.
Maybe this is the time when all of the preparation and work in your life the past weeks, months, even years is coming to fruition. Has God been working in your life? Maybe you feel it, maybe you don’t. Maybe you believe, maybe you don’t. Just keep moving forward. There’s a purpose for everything; a plan for it all and it’s currently unfolding before our eyes.
When the snow of Narnia melts, C. S. Lewis is suggesting how the winter in our hearts gives way to a springtime of faith. Let this time in our world be the winter that allows for those beautiful spring flowers to blossom in your life.
Thanks for reading.