What leaps to mind when you hear someone begin a sentence with, “If anyone asks you”?
Obviously, when someone starts a sentence with that series of words, more instructions are about to follow.
Back in 2009, I had just started my first day of a two-week temporary assignment as a receptionist at a church.
Within the first hour of my temporary assignment, the senior pastor called the staff into a meeting. Meanwhile, being a temp, I remained at my post. As the staff came out of this unexpected meeting, I realized they had received upsetting news. Many were crying as they walked past the reception area to return to their offices.
My manager came and shared with me the news that the person whose role I was covering had stage four cancer and would most likely not return to work. She then proceeded with a version of “if anyone asks you” instruction on how to respond to questions that might come from church members as word of this spread.
This was a tremendous help to me in that unexpected situation. She coached me to be truthful while still protecting the privacy of the person.
Jesus once coached two of his disciples to respond to an “if anyone asks you” question for a specific situation.
Recently my husband and I have hosted some driveway firepit nights.
The most recent time was on Thanksgiving evening. We prepared a traditional thanksgiving meal but shared it around a driveway firepit instead of a formal table setting. It was a relaxing and simple time of joyful celebration with our friends who joined us.
One of our neighbors even came over to join in the fun for a bit.
Our conversations flowed easily as we enjoyed the warmth of the flames, the succor of the savory foods, and the fellowship in a laid-back setting.
How does this relate to this series of considering what we are joyfully celebrating this holiday season?
Living in South Carolina snow is a rare treat for this Midwesterner.
Because snow days are so rare in this area our city shuts down except for emergency workers and those dealing with any power outages that occur.
Thankfully, my household never lost power. We were able to enjoy watching the snow fall from the safety of our warm home.
I chose to not work on a post yesterday because I wanted to cherish the snow day.
Today, as the winter storm has finished dusting the earth with this fascinating white frozen water and the sun is starting to melt it away, I decided to share with you some favorite references to snow from scripture.