This morning when I took Ramona and Obie out at 4:30am it was raining like crazy. Of course, dachshunds HATE rain as I think I’ve mentioned before concerning my two four-legged family members. I’m sure Ken and I look rather ridiculous to our early riser neighbors as we stand out in the rain in our robes, jammies and slippers trying to coax two stubborn dachshunds off the porch to do their business. I thought I would be clever this morning with an umbrella and doggie treats. It seemed to be working as the two merrily trotted after me like I was some female Pied Piper. I thought I had discovered the golden ticket. They stood there with me in the middle of the yard looking up longingly to receive their precious treat. BUT, once I gave them their treat, I stood there expecting them to reciprocate and get down to business. Alas, it was all a clever doggie ruse to get the treat as they hightailed it back to the porch leaving me to deal with the mushy lawn and rain. So I went in and proceeded to prepare for the morning while thinking of other ways to entice my little friends.
Once I was dressed, I noticed that the weather had changed to graupel. I remember hearing this term some time ago by a weather forecaster. I thought it was a new term for sleet or hail or freezing rain but it is actually another form of precipitation. They say that graupel or snow pellets is created when super-cooled water droplets coat a snowflake. It is cloudy or white, not clear like sleet. So once again I tried to coax my little doxies outside with yet another treat. Only this time they willing got off the porch, secured their delightful, yummy treat and then completed their morning business. As I stood there in the middle of the yard once again (yes, I know what they say about doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results..haha), I got to thinking about snowflakes and graupel. I love the fact the God in His creation is so creative that He made each snowflake unique and He made each of us so unique. But then I thought how graupel could be the ugliness that can coat us at times, cloud our judgment, and cause us to miss the beauty of His creation. Isaiah 1:18 says, “Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.” God makes all things new again. As we approach Easter and consider His creation this Holy Week, let us be more like snowflakes rather than graupel and celebrate the blood Christ shed for us to wash us clean and His conquering over the grave. He is Risen Indeed!
Becky Clegg, Church Administrator