Snow gets in the shadows.
Ecclesiastes 4:11 Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm.
But how can one keep warm alone?
In Oklahoma and Texas, snow is a sometimes and someyears thing. Not often. But often enough. It can linger for a few hours or a few days and in rare occasions for a few weeks. Ice lingers longer.
The shadows keep the snow longer. The sun doesn’t reach there.
Normal winter temperatures daily climb into the 40’s and 50’s and many times 60’s and 70’s. Snow doesn’t last long in that warmth. Except in the shadows.
In the shadows, the warmth needs to linger a little longer.
Relationships are like that. Some cold spots tend to linger. Each relationship finds bad spots and good spots. The daily good warmth takes longer to remove the memory and the touchiness. Sometimes it is an icy block that takes weeks of warmth to remove.
You can speed up the process when the snow is in your shadow by moving whatever is blocking the sun and giving yourself adequate good time. We can’t change the weather outside, but we can change the weather conditions of a relationship through investment in good moments.
You can speed up the process when you deposited snow into the shadow of a loved one by investing in warm moments with them. Leave it to linger at risk of damage that may not heal.
Think of a few easy moments of warmth you can bring to a relationship. The odd coincidence of snow in the shadows of a relationship is that neither of you may realize that it lingers. You look to the front yard and clean streets and are grateful. It is easy to leave the shadows alone, but lingering snow and ice comes up at the most inappropriate moments.
Do some good. Do some gentle. Do some soft.
The beauty of having the warm moments is you don’t have to talk about the snow, it just goes away.