On the afternoon of December 5th we started receiving freezing precipitation in the form of freezing rain, sleet and later turning to snow. At present (5 a.m. CT) it is still snowing; though, it does seem to have slowed a bit.
Looking out the window in the light from the porch light there appears to be approximately 1 foot of snow. I measured it around 7:45 p.m yesterday, and it measured 6 inches.
Snow is a beauty. It covers all the trash on the ground, hangs on the leaves of the trees giving them an essence of cleanliness, and holiness. My how our Creator reminds us of Himself; and what He desires from us.
Enjoy the snow. Pray for those who have to work in it. Those who need to be on our highways, turnpikes, interstates, and freeways; whether just traveling to work, home; but especially those who labor in the cold of winter, snow is a hazard to their health and life. That includes those who keep our electric power going, our roads cleared off, and God forbid, dealing with home fires, health needs, etc. Thank the Lord for all of them.
This is just going to be a short reminder to those who drive the highways of our land. It is important that you be seen when you are on the highways driving a motorized vehicle. Some evidently do not realize how dangerous it is when they cannot be seen by other motorists.
Just this past Saturday morning near my place of dwelling, it was foggy, I was making a left turn into a gas station when all of the sudden there was a F150 pickup which did not have any headlights on. I made a quick and sudden decision and sharply and quickly got back into may lane, and there was no accident; thank the good Lord. The funny thing about this is the man driving the Ford pickup was some one that I know. I did not find that out until this morning when I entered the bus garage, before driving my bus route for the morning.
When we are on the highways we need to be as visible as we can possibly be. Safe driving is no accident. I do not claim to be the safest driver on the road, however, there are things which I endeavor to do which helps me to be more visible, and one of them is turning headlights on in the fog, even when it is light out. It is also wise to turn on headlights during cloudy days and rainy ones. Another time to have them on is at least thirty minutes before sunset, or sooner, and have them on up until at least thirty minutes after sunrise. It is a wise thing to even keep them on when driving long distances day or night. It is especially helpful when you drive a dark colored, and some other colors of car.
Better to arrive alive, than to the morgue dead. That is for you or the other driver.
-Tim A. Blankenship