I love snow days.

I love the way sunlight reflects on snow. I love the way snow carpets the landscape and changes it into something sort of magical.

To be fair, I don’t actually love the snow itself or the cold temperatures that come with it. You can take this California girl out of California, butwell, you know the rest of that phrase. What I love most is the way that a snow day slows down the usual hustle and bustle of everyday life. That shift into a slower pace provides me with a perfect onramp into prayer time.

I find that I enjoy quiet even more than usual on snowy days spent at home. Maybe it is because the sound of softly falling snow provides such a soothing soundtrack. If I am teleworking, I take part of the morning hour I would normally spend commuting to simply enjoy a big cup of tea or hot chocolate while watching the snowflakes. It feels like an indulgencelike a weekendto sit still for thirty minutes. It takes a few minutes for my brain to settle down. Waitdon’t I have somewhere else I need to be?! Then, with pleasure, I remember. Actually, no. I don’t have to be anywhere else but right here with the snow and God. I take a deep breath and get comfortable.

Next, I read something from my poetry collection or from my stack of devotionals. I look up the associated passage from Scripture and reflect on it. I write in my journal for a while and then spend some time in prayer. This entire process takes no more than an hour, but you’d never know it based on the sense of clarity, peace and connectedness it provides me. I’m pretty sure that I am a better leader, colleague, coach, daughter and friend on the days that I do this than on the days that I don’t.

Snow forms when the atmospheric temperature is at or below freezing (0 degrees Celsius or 32 degrees Fahrenheit) and there is a minimum amount of moisture in the air. That is the logical, scientific explanation from the folks at the National Snow and Ice Data Center as to why it snows. I’d like to think that God provides us with snow days to help us slow down and take the opportunity to connect with Him.

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