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March 31, 2014

Our troubles can melt away like snow

CORBIN — By Brad Hall / Nighttime Editor

During my 30 years here on Earth, I cannot remember a winter with as much snow and ice as the one we went through this past season.

I remember there was a big snow storm when I was about 9 or 10 years old. School was out for many days which I enjoyed. My friends and I inflated some inner tubes and had a great time sledding down my grandparents’ hill.

But I think that was the only real bad snow storm that season.

In 2003, when I was wrapping up my freshman year at the University of Kentucky, we had a really bad ice storm. UK actually canceled classes for a few days which was a rarity. Many folks were without electricity for days — some even weeks.

My roommates and I were fortunate to have our electricity and heating during the storm so we were able to enjoy some days off from school.

That was the only real bad weather I remember from that year though.

This past winter, I’m pretty sure we had snow before Thanksgiving. Then it seemed like we got snow about every week during the months of December and January.

Early February brought us that nasty ice storm that pretty much shut everything down for a couple days.

And then we got even more snow during the weeks after that.

Every time we turned around there was winter weather in the forecast. And there were so many school cancellations that students just assumed they were going to be out until told otherwise.

More ice came our way earlier this month leading to more road hazards.

And just as things were starting to melt as the temperatures rose and Mr. Golden Sun shined his face, we were snowed on again.

The first day of spring came along, though, and it looked like we were finally in the clear.

But then this past Tuesday we received snow one more time.

That particular snow shower didn’t really bring us the accumulation that other snow storms had this past year, but it was snow nonetheless.

My wife and I were lucky enough to not have too many problems during the winter season.

She had a little bit of trouble driving to work one morning during the most recent ice storm, but other than that we were OK.

But while I really enjoy watching the snow and admiring its beauty, the hassles that the winter weather brings makes me long for warmer temperatures.

So I’ve just had to be patient and wait it out while being thankful for what I have.

And this is how God wants us to be when dealing with the storms life throws at us.

Romans 12:12 says, “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.”

We will hit rough patches in our lives. We may have to deal with a disaster of some type, or tragedy. But if we continue to remember what all God has done for us, and continue to be faithful with our prayers, He will ultimately take care of us and bless us.

We don’t need to worry or feel anxious about wondering whether we will get a job taken care of, or a bill paid. God is there for all of that. Just continue to pray and have faith that He will provide for you.

The spring has come in to melt away the snow and ice.

Let God in your heart to melt away your troubles.

Brad Hall is the nighttime editor for the Times-Tribune. He can be reached at bhall@thetimestribune.com. You can also visit his blog at hallthingsconsidered.blogspot.com

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