After 30 years of prayers, constant longing and dreaming about the glorious moment…it ARRIVED! When I was 13 I prayed desperate prayers to get snowed in at my family shack in the central highlands of Tasmania. I was going through an awfully difficult time at school so I sought the solution of being trapped in snow! From that moment on I often wondered what it would actually be like to be snowed in. I figured it would be a terribly exciting grand adventure.
Sunday my long-awaited dream came true! Friday night I arrived at the shack for a girl’s weekend with my dear friend Elisa. We came wanting to have a time of relaxation but also sought a refreshing and a deeper connection with God. We experienced God in so many different aspects over the weekend. I felt like Friday night reminded me of the fierce unrelenting passionate love that God has for us, as the strong winds howled and shook the shack. When the thunder roared just outside my bedroom I was reminded that God speaks in the thunder:
“When he speaks in the thunder, the heavens roar with rain. He causes the clouds to rise over the earth. He sends the lightning with the rain and releases the wind from his storehouses.” Jeremiah 10:13 New Living Translation (NLT)
Saturday the heavens certainly did roar with rain. As I watched it pour down I was reminded of the saturating refreshing reviving God that I have been so blessed to experience. Saturday night we had hoped for a light dusting of snow just to make the highland adventure feel authentic, we had wanted to experience the final extreme – snow. Well we were NOT disappointed, we certainly had snow and to an extreme! I was so excited that my dream had unfolded but my heart was torn. We are both mums and we had wonderful husbands at home eagerly awaiting our return so they could have at least an afternoon to relax but also they had to go to work Monday, therefore we were needed at home.
Oh dear we faced such a dilemma but one that I simply couldn’t easily solve. We were stuck and there wasn’t a thing I could do. So I surrendered to the moment and I decided to really enjoy it, I told my heart to turn away from the fear of disappointing my family. As I allowed God to surpass my fear with His grand love I felt a sense of abandonment arise, I felt like a kid and there was nothing to worry about, only fun to be had!
I decided that I needed to have breakfast and a cup of tea so that I could go and explore the snow-capped wonderland right out our front door. I eagerly waited for Elisa to wake so we could go out. I felt like a kid Christmas morning who has awaken before her family and is sitting looking with longing at the presents stacked. After an hour of wait Elisa awoke and I decided to trick her about the snow, when she asked I replied: ‘oh you better come look quick before it goes.’ She got up and looked out the window and said: ‘oh you rascal, that’s the best prank!’.
We were both so excited. I suggested we go for an explore and also to try get phone signal so we could let our families know. We donned my dad’s waders, jackets, beanies, scarves and gloves. As we ventured out it took my breath away, it was simply stunning. Everything looked so fresh and crisp. It felt like such a special moment in time: extra forced rest and more time with God. What a privilege to have experienced it, what a blessing!! My long-awaited dream really had come true! It certainly was a terribly exciting grand adventure. Does this mean my other dreams will soon unfold? I believe so! How extremely exciting and humbling to know that God does hear my heart’s cry and respond.
After our explore we settled back in front of the fire and Elisa gave me a verse to colour in. As I sat at the dining room table looking out at the snow falling, I felt such a sense of peace. I was reminded of the gentle loving compassionate peaceful God that I felt was speaking directly to my heart in that moment. As I looked over the pure white landscape I was reminded that my sins are washed whiter than snow:
“Purify me from my sins, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.” Psalm 51:7 New Living Translation (NLT)
My 30 year long wait had come to an end and it gave me the confidence that dreams really DO come true. I confidently press on chasing after the dreams in my heart, taking one day at a time and completing each task as it unfolds.
Here’s the prayer we prayed Sunday afternoon based on the verse that I coloured in:
Holy Spirit, empower us to truly acknowledge the Lord. Help us to really know Him; to recognise Him; be intimately acquainted with and understand God more. May we be zealous in our pursuit for more of the Lord and His wonderful ways. We so appreciate this extra time to press in and search for more of Your heart Abba Father. Help us to truly cherish and adore You. I thank You that You’re reliable. Just as the dawn shines, so You shine bright each and every day in our lives. Thank You that You constantly refresh us, just like the heavy rains nourish the earth. We thank You for the former work that You have done in our lives, for the work You’re doing right now, and for the work still to come. Let the latter flooding of You fill us with Your goodness and Your grace. Inspired by Hosea 6:3.
I pray that you will experience:
- The fierce unrelenting passionate love that God has for you.
- The saturating refreshing reviving love of God.
- That you will encounter the gentle loving compassionate peaceful God.
Many blessings, Keona
Look at our gorgeous shack all nestled in the snow: