It is May 3, and we had snow here today. As I endeavor to love Minnesota, I realized that even when snow falls late in the spring it is still quite pretty. What is also interesting is that the snow itself doesn’t change. Snow is, well, snow; frozen little drops of water. What changes is us. It is our perception of the snow. Suddenly, the same element in nature that one day we are in awe of and taking photos of, cannot be valued in the same way, until next year when we are okay with it being winter. Then, SNOW gets to enjoy our judgment of being “good”.
Take for example these photos…two days I experienced when snow was deemed good for me…two glorious days in the snow. One of these days was in the Wasatch Mountains of Northern Utah, the other, right after Thanksgiving in Duluth, Minnesota…that evening it was the first snow of the season and fell on a newly set up Christmas light display, it was magical and the first of one of the record-breaking year…they are quite ready for it all to melt at present.
I am convinced that one of the greatest truths out there is that we see the world as we are and not necessarily as it. Snow is just frozen water that has to change in response to cold temperature but it will be judged by humans until the end of time…it is just the way we are.
I am processing this today because I’m trying to understand the whole concept of judgment in my own life and how much it colors my world. Jesus, told us not to judge because we could be judged the very same way. I know you’ve had that happen to you just like I have. You pass sentence on someone and before you know it, it is YOU doing the exact same thing. One funny one for me…or not so funny depending on the day, is that I sat by this woman on a plane going to Minneapolis. She was debating whether or not to follow her who boyfriend to Utah or stay in Minnesota for her great job. I was thinking, “Lady, it’s a no-brainer, head to Utah: Life Elevated!!” It wasn’t just a few months later and guess who was moving to Minnesota?? I’m not making this up.
I’ve been thinking a lot about that this because I am becoming VERY aware that my inner world is a judgmental machine. Always classifying and ordering life based on my preferences. It kind of “is” a certain way because I make it so. It has very little to do with what it actually IS.
Today, I chose to see the snow without a judgment. It was just snow. It was a bit easier to do because unlike my neighbors to the south here in Minnesota, I’m not dealing with another 12″ or more. Nonetheless, I am really longing for some warm days in the yard, anxious to plant some flowers…