A Poem for a Winter's Day

By Pastor Rob Fuquay | 02/1/2019
Driving home last night in the snow brought to mind a poem by Robert Frost, Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening. Known for its simplicity, perhaps you'll enjoy reading this on a snowy Friday...
 
Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village, though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer 
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake. 
The only other sounds the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark, and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep, 
And miles to go before I sleep.
 
What exactly the poem means has remained a mystery. Either Frost himself, or the fictitious rider, was perhaps contemplating things yet to be done, as well as the distance yet to be traveled. But he stops on a beautiful evening, perhaps to receive a moment of splendor and quiet beauty before traveling on.
 
While Frost never explained the meaning of the poem he did admit to writing it one evening in a burst of inspiration. In a way inspiration is what we are considering this Sunday, particularly the verse that all scripture is "inspired" by God. Inspiration usually comes from beyond us. When we are inspired we feel energized and motivated to do or face something. Perhaps this is what Paul is saying scripture does for us. Like a gentle, evening snow we pause to take in a beauty that inspires us with the feeling that we are not alone. God is with us, and will help us as we travel on. At times we all need those inspirations to go the miles before we sleep. The Bible is a sourcebook of inspiration meant to allow God to speak to us, reminding us that we are not alone in whatever it is we face, guiding us in decisions to be made, assuring us of God's aid. History book? Not exactly. Science book? Definitely not. But resource for divine inspiration? For sure.
 
Are the miles before you long? Then stop for a moment. Take in God's beauty. Let God speak to you and inspire you to keep going.
 

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