This morning I looked out the window and everything was covered with snow, and more drifting down. Southern Idaho has had a remarkably summer like autumn. Truthfully, I was not ready for snow. I wanted more days of sunshine. Life is like that. Things happen and we have no control over them. Even the mistakes we make generate consequences that we don’t want. The nice thing about the snow falling this morning was that there was not a hint of breeze. There was a feeling of peace in spite of my reluctance to accept the coming of winter. It is a wonderful feeling to sense–to know–the presence of God in the midst of trouble. He promised that He would never leave us or forsake us. It’s true. In order for the promise to be fulfilled however, requires a relationship with Him. It isn’t just a feeling, like the silent snow fall, but the knowledge of His presence. I couldn’t hear the snow falling, but then, God commanded us to “Be still and know that I am God.” Listen. He is there. He cares. He understands. Trust Him and find joy even in the most desparate of situations. He said in Nehemiah 8:10, “Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” What a promise!