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To our surprise, large snowflakes began to fall in late October and continued nonstop for four days. When it was finished, the ground was covered with about 26 inches of snow. Gusting winds throughout the storm, left five foot high drifts and toppled trees, blocking a large section of our mountain road. Our children could not get home from work and our grandchildren could not get back to their home after school and stayed with us.   

Since our arrival here 13 years ago, wood splitting has been one of our top priorities, and we have always had our wood split and stacked by late October each year. Due to the seclusion of our home, we are well aware of the possible dangers of being poorly prepared without wood and other provisions. But, we had never experienced snow in October. We were so busy with other important matters that we felt it was safe to wait a little longer to begin this chore.  

The weather forecast warned of two to four inches of snow in the higher elevations, but we didn’t realize that our area was included in the coming of an early winter. So, you can imagine our surprise when large, fluffy flakes began to fall and continued until our home and the forest surrounding us were thickly covered with snow.

We chided ourselves saying, “Why did we take for granted that it would not snow until late November? Why had we not been alerted by the weather predictions we had heard?”

Noah's Day

It reminded us of the people in Noah’s day who were so absorbed in life (eating, drinking, and marrying) while Noah warned of the coming of the flood. They were caught unawares when the waters came and swept them all away.   

Scripture tells us that it will be like the days of Noah when Jesus comes. The disciples asked Jesus what were the signs of His coming and the end of the world. He answered, “Now learn the parable from the fig tree: when its branch has already become tender, and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near; even so you too, when you see all these things, recognize that he is near, right at the door.

“Therefore be on the alert, for you do not know which day your Lord is coming” (Matthew 24:32, 33, 42).

Let’s not allow involvement in entertainment, employment, home duties, or even church activity keep us so busy that we are caught off guard when Jesus comes. Let us spend time with Jesus every day so we will know the signs of His coming, and not be surprised and unprepared.

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