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Jo’s Journal: Clearing Snow by the Mailboxes

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Clearing Snow by the Mailboxes

Making More Room in Your Life for the Lord

by Joanne Troppello

It snowed again today, and more snow and ice are expected tonight and through tomorrow. This shouldn’t be surprising since it is Winter, and I live in the Northeast (PA). However, the last few winters it hadn’t snowed much at all, so this has seemed liked a lot more. I’ve lost track, but I think this is the sixth or seventh time it’s snowed this season. Last year, it snowed one time the entire Winter.

I grew up in NJ and then moved with my family as a young teenager to PA, more north than where we live now in Pennsylvania. I remember snow all the time in those winters. We were so used to it and even though we’d have a lot of delayed openings, we’d still go to school. We only had 6 snow days allotted per year.

Clearing the Mailboxes

We currently live in a rural area and need to make sure we clear out enough snow from the mailbox area so that the mail carrier can drive up without getting stuck in the snow. You can read more about an experience I had Waiting for the Mail Carrier During a Snowstorm and lessons I learned then about patience and waiting on God.

As you’ve probably guessed, we’ve had to clear out the area by the mailboxes every time it snowed. Once or twice, it wasn’t too bad (1 or 2 inches), and we didn’t clear it out since the temperatures increased the next day and the snow started melting.

My husband used the snowblower to clear the majority of the driveway and I helped shovel out the deck etcetera and the area by the mailboxes. My sister is our next-door neighbor, so her mailbox is next to ours and the neighbor across the street has a box on the other side of ours.

Making Room for God

As I was shoveling snow by the mailboxes, I thought about how it can seem annoying having to clear it, but if I (or someone else) didn’t clear it away, we wouldn’t get mail delivery. The mail carrier wouldn’t be able to clearly drive up and reach our boxes to deliver mail.

That train of thought led me to a realization that if we are not careful, we can fill our lives with so much stuff that we don’t have room anymore for God to be at the center of it all.

It’s so easy for normal everyday responsibilities like our families and jobs to take up so much space that we don’t have room for God. Yes, our families should take up a prominent place in our lives, as well as our job—to provide for them—and friends and other positive pursuits in life. However, everything should take a backseat to God, if you are a Christian.

“When we put God first, all other things fall into their proper place or drop out of our lives.” – Ezra Taft Benson

This statement by Ezra Taft Benson is so simple, yet profound. Allowing God to take first place in our lives—by taking time each day reading the Bible, praying, and praising Him—will enable us to have the necessary strength, grace, and love to give family, friends, acts of service, our jobs, and other positive pursuits the attention they all need.

The other part of his statement, “or drop out of our lives” is also true. When we put God first, things that are wastes of time—like spending too much time on social media, watching TV, or running ourselves ragged (like Martha did trying to serve Jesus, when He wanted her to sit with Him like Mary did)—will seem pointless and get put on the backburner where they belong.

Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word. But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.” And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.” – Luke 10:38-42 (NKJV)

I love when God speaks to me through simple things like shoveling snow away from our mailboxes. What has God placed on your heart lately?


About the Author

Joanne Troppello at Mustard Seed Sentinel

Joanne Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.

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