It is Armageddon. The end has come. Life as we know it is over. Get the bread! Get the milk! Get the snow blower!
Yes, we did survive. Personally, I was happy to hunker down in my warm cozy house for a day. As a family, we painted, played games, colored in our adult coloring books and watched Start Trek Next Generation in all of its remastered Blue-ray brilliance.
Sunday was the day to shovel out. I was stalling but by 10:30 the whole neighborhood was alive and bustling with shovelers, sledders and snow blowers. What kept me inside was my fear of either needing 3 days to shovel out or putting my back out.
I had a happy surprise when I finally felt the peer pressure enough to push me out the door. Neighbors had already started on my drive way and sidewalk! I learned several things from this snow storm.
- More than 12 inches is too much.
- People really can’t seem to stay home for even a day!
- Soup is good for one day but then it gets boring.
- Fear is my biggest enemy.
Fear panics and takes more than I need. Fear keeps all the supplies I have stored up, for myself. Fear immobilizes me and makes me rush to conclusions. Fear pushes me into unwise choices. Fear obscures truth.
There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
I never considered love the opposite of fear until I read and re-read this verse. If I love myself, I make sure that the tasks that keep me safe or affect my happiness, are cared for. I act the same for the love of my family, friends and the rest of humanity. As opposed to fear, the thoughts that cause me to act are not fear but concern with a foundation of love. Concern, driven by love, helps us to fight injustice, homelessness, environmental inadequacies and other social causes.
What finally made me walk out the door, was love for my son. He had a doctor appointment on Monday.