Yet our time in Alaska has opened my eyes to the joys discovered in nature despite and sometimes because of the weather. The green colors of the meadows are more vivid without the interference of the bright sun. Rain drops on leaves sparkle when the sun does take a quick peek through the clouds. Dark mountains laced with wispy clouds have an eerie but simple beauty. Crowds on the hiking trails are non-existent, which makes for a quiet walk while listening for birds singing through the trees. So let the cold rain come! I'm smiling and remembering Paul's words in Philippians 4:11-12
"...for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need (cold and rain)."