Every now and then I hear someone say they’d love to live where it’s warm all year round. In fact, I have two nieces (that I love dearly) who say that virtually every day of their lives.
I’ll admit that I love visiting a tropical paradise on occasion, but I’d never want to actually live in one.
Why? Because to me, variety is the spice of life.
I would get very bored if I lived in a place where the leaves never changed colors colors and the ground never became white from a blanket of snow.
I enjoy feeling the warm morning sun on my back and a soothing summer-night breeze flowing through my hair, but I also love “seeing my breath” on a cold winter day.
For me, few things are more relaxing than walking on a sandy beach with the moon shining bright overhead and the sounds of the surf filling my senses, but hearing sleet falling on a tin roof relaxes me just as much.
Of course it’s true that ice and snow can make it a pain to travel, but being “snowed-in” gives us an opportunity to pause and reflect on the many blessings our Creator has given us over the years.
And while I love the feeling of warm sand between my toes, I also love the sight of Rime Ice transforming a mountain forest into a winter wonderland.
Bottom line: While I fully understand that some folks absolutely hate cold weather and prefer to live in a place where it’s always summer, I’ll be staying right here in southwestern Virginia where God’s creations change in their own beautiful ways with the changes of the seasons.
If invited, I might come to visit you in “paradise”, but you won’t have to worry about me staying long enough to wear out my welcome. I’ll just stay for a day or two and then come back home.
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