There is a God.

Dear Friends,

I usually do not take this blog in a very religionry direction because, while I like to spark controversy as much as Perez Hilton, I do prefer to keep God out of the debate. Dis me as you will, I’ve got thick skin, but leave My Main Man out of it—that’s what I say, yo. Not that God doesn’t have thick skin—as far as skin goes, I’d bet He’s got the most heavenly thickness imaginable, on account of everyone cursing Him on such a regular basis—but I just don’t like to hear it.  Make sense?

Today, however, I must break my rule. As you know, when good things happen to me, I share them with my blog readers.  That’s my motto.  That’s the Archives of Our Lives promise.  That’s what I do.  So I could not let this heavenly experience pass without exclaiming from the rooftops of this website that GOD LIVES! I have faith, and you can, too. Let me tell you what happened:

On Friday, we Mayberrians got a blizzard warning, and did it ever blizzard. In my four years of knowing Mayberry, I have never seen it snow so much. And I’ve seen a lot of snow. Suffice it to say, this was nasty. And it didn’t end on Friday, either.  It blizzarded on through the night and well into the day on Saturday.  Poor Kyle and I didn’t leave the house except for once, and that was a bad idea. The whole town was pretty much snowed in. We decided to spend Saturday night at home bundled up with our laptops, and at one point during the evening, I speculated to Poor Kyle, “Hey, what if they cancel church tomorrow because of the snow?”

He laughed at me and said, “Wishful thinking, my dear. I’ve never seen them cancel church on account of snow before.”

I was disappointed—I thought, “I am not gonna want to go out in this and I drive a truck—how are the little old widow ladies gonna make it?” But I knew Poor Kyle was probably right; he’s lived in Mayberry for nearly thirty years, and if he’d never seen it happen, I wouldn’t either.

But just to be sure, I called my mother-in-law: “Hey,” I began, “you don’t think there’s any way they’ll cancel church tomorrow, do you?”

“Ha!” she bellowed, “You wish!”

Yeah. It was so not happening.

Still, I couldn’t quite get the idea out of my head. Don’t get me wrong—I love church. I really do. When I’m out of town or sick and miss a week of it, I notice the effect of its absence during the following week. But my duties at church deem that I am up and ready by 10:00 a.m. so I can be at church choir at 11:00 a.m. where I stay until 12:30 p.m. and then head directly to church at 12:35 p.m. where I stay until 4:00 p.m. and sometimes longer. It’s just a long day, you see, and after playing the piano and organ for so many hours, my left shoulder is always in intense pain (I think it’s chronic), and some mornings, I’m not gonna lie, I wish I could just stay in bed. For church to be cancelled on account of snow just…sounded amazing this week.  I was already exhausted from the second to last week of classes, and mounting stress for final papers and final exams, and plus it was cold and I just didn’t want to leave my house.

But I was told it was impossible for church to be canceled—it never happens.  And I couldn’t just call in sick, because they need an organist; and while I know there are many people in my congregation who could cover for me, they were all just as snowed in as I was. I resigned myself to my fate, but I never lost the dream…

…so imagine my delight, then, when I got a phone call on Saturday night notifying me that church was cancelled the next day on account of nobody being able to leave their homes!

I was pretty much giddy.

I called everyone I knew with the exciting news, but it turned out that everyone already knew, which is just my fate—I’m always the last to know.

But in reality, I was the first to know because it was my great faith that convinced God to step in and cancel church. My husband and his mother, they were doubters all along. But me? I held strong in my conviction through the evening, and God is a gentle, caring God, and he heard my plea (even if I never actually plead—he heard the desires of my heart to sleep in the next morning) and I was blessed!

My friends, I am here to testify that God exists. Does it seem a bit contradictory that a day of canceled worship services actually lead to the strengthening of my belief in God, a faith-promoting experience? Yes, it does seem rather odd. But God moves in mysterious ways. I could not move a mountain with all the strength in my being’s every fiber, but if God wanted me to…I totally could.

Amen.

p.s. Just so you believe me…

"Bitterly Cold"

…and…

About Camille

I'm Camille. I have a butt-chin. I live in Canada. I was born in Arizona. I like Diet Dr. Pepper. Hello. You can find me on Twitter @archiveslives, Facebook at facebook.com/archivesofourlives, instagram at ArchivesLives, and elsewhere.
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27 Responses to There is a God.

  1. Whitney says:

    Ha ha You crack me up. Thank you for the snow shoveling tutorial. Next time it snows here I will for sure know how to do it. Its only supposed to be 54 today so Im sure its cold enough for snow. :)

  2. Whitney says:

    Oh and keep your chin up tomorrow is Canada its supposed to be 2 degrees and mostly sunny. You didnt pack up your bathing suit for the winter months did you? Tomorrow will be great tanning weather.

  3. kat says:

    I grew up in a warmer climate too, Southern California. That said, I had never experienced a snow day either. I worked at a church the first time I had a snow day. It was a Sunday and they canceled church! I too was giddy! Canceled church is an adult snow day!

  4. I know that there were a few times when we skipped going to church because of the weather. I do believe that we inquired the next week only to find out that there were 4 people in church that Sunday. I think God understands.

  5. mikelle says:

    We’ve had Stake Conference cancelled before (we have some wards that our an hour away in a stake), and some of the night meetings, but never regular church. It’s snowing here today!

  6. Jordan says:

    1. You’re 6 feet tall?!?
    2. You play the organ at your church? That’s pretty neat.

  7. Amy says:

    Just think, if they hadn’t canceled church all of the little old ladies would have felt obligated to try to trudge out into the snow! Something bad could’ve happened, so God was watching out for everyone! Woot!

  8. Cristin says:

    You are on your way to becoming a You Tube sensation with all your “How To” videos.

  9. lindsay says:

    i am so proud of you – look at that little arizona girl go! you handle that shovel like a pro!

  10. Maureen says:

    God must have been in a prayer answering mood this weekend because I prayed for something really really dumb and it happened like a couple seconds later. Apparently it had been approved. Perhaps because I have walked to church in knee deep snow.

  11. jami says:

    I am so happy for you! Do you think that this next summer they will cancel church b/c it is so hot…I mean in mesa?
    Also, I agree with bad mouthing god. I can handle sex, violence, bad language…but when someone in the media bashes on god or the family it pisses me off. I simply can not handle it!

  12. anna says:

    I’ve never had an entire church meeting cancelled. But one time, in a tiny little town, it snowed (a few inches) but the storm caused the power to go out… So there was no heat which left us to enjoy Sacrament Meeting only in a different building with Coleman propane lamps lighting the way. It was awesome.

  13. Anonymous says:

    You are such a dork! I loved the video, though. It brought a smile to my face and a chuckle to my throat. Seriously? Is that real life? My thin, thin AZ blood CANNOT handle that. I cannot handle that. I hope PK understands how much you love him. I don’t know if I love Flint enough to move to that. I am still in awe of what your life is now. Wow.

  14. hahah. awesome video. my favorite part was you calling your neighbors over-achievers…or maybe the DDP drink at the end.

    looks soo cold there.

  15. GRANMAMA says:

    When we lived in Polcca they cancelled church twice! Once because the pipes broke and there was no water to flush the toilets. The other time was because there was a native ceremony on the MESA and no one (including the Branch President) was available to come. Miracles never cease. (They also lost 4, Yes FOUR) of our tithing checks. (What happened to the people who contributed in CASH????????????????)
    LALS

  16. TeamHaynes says:

    Hey, remember me? Slacker yes. That’s my name. Anyway, WOW! I’m going to have to do all that with the snow huh? Now I was wondering through the video why you guys don’t park Thor in the garage. Is Tamra in the way? Dude, your neighbors need a different hobby. Unless that’s the only form of exercise they get. If so, at least they use some good ol elbow grease. PK was so nice to video for you. Why isn’t he in it? I like to know what people’s voices sound like. It makes me feel like less of a creeper.
    Go ahead and shout you believe in God! This whole season is bugging the ever loving crap out of me because all I hear about is Frosty the freaking Snowman. NO! Idiots. I say one more conversation about religion in general will do people some good. There’s not enough of it because of this PC crap. Well I don’t give a reindeer! They can accept my God and my bloody Christmas. Ok…off soap box. Did I just swear because they use it in Harry Potter so I think I’m ok. Hopefully.
    One does have to wonder about all those little ladies that need to make it to church in the snow. Poor things. I think being an old fart someplace warm will do me good when I get there. Good grief, I’d have to hire every neighborhood boy in town to keep the snow from slowing me down. San Diego is sounding reeeal nice right about now. Speaking of snow, today was the first official day I saw it falling from the sky here. It was lovely. I won’t think of it that way come March.
    You explained the wardrobe thing but are you a layered look person or do you wear a huge jacket? I’m finding layering works best but its such a pain. Rough life I know. School is stressful so I’m glad you got some time to rest. I keep thinking three hours of church. You Mormons are committed! :) Some people get bent out of shape if the sermon is more than 30 minutes. I on the other hand, enjoy what I can get.
    Yes, there is a God. He is alive. In Him we live. And we survive. I love that hymn. Do you guys sing that one?

  17. Crissie says:

    Holy moly! I seriously got cold just watching your video. Your tip about not shoveling a path to the front door actually made me wish for snow here in Arizona.
    Yay for a church snow day!

  18. Molly says:

    Ok the Diet DP at the end, my personal favorite part. I am sorry you live in such a freezing place… I only recently saw and experienced snowfall for the first time. Fortunately, their was enough burly boys around to shovel the snow from the drive without my help… because I think I would have to remain inside until it all went away…

  19. Kristy says:

    I love that while you are shoveling, Kyle is videoing you? lol. I got to say we shovel our entire driveway here, just so visitors have somewhere to park and get out. But i am not sure if i would do it with you guys because your driveways in Mayberry are SOOO big. well at least Aunt Linda’s is.

  20. Shirley says:

    You play the organ, are a mormon chick, and you’re not a music major? Well done.

  21. Allison says:

    I LOVED the snow shoveling video! It is classic. Thank you for making my day, actually two days because this is the second day in a row I have watched it. It is just as wonderful the second time around. Tonight, I shall force Mike to watch it as well. We are headed for Illinois for Christmas and he has been complaining about the snow already!

  22. mameelynn says:

    Great video!! So yeah my family was like your neighbors… My dad used to call me at home during the storm to remind me to go out and shovel every few hours so that the snow never got too deep…. I love that in the video you can hear the squeaky snow. When I first moved to Alberta I had never been anywhere that had dry snow like that and it always made me smile when I would walk in the snow there because of the squeaking. Last year we had church canceled for the whole month of December! Seattle isn’t know for it’s snow and last year we got over 20 inches in one month. It was pretty bad! No one here knows how to drive in snow and there will be cars just abandoned not just on the side of the road but in the middle of the freeway! As sick as it may be your video kind of makes me wish I was there… There is just something about not having snow around Christmas that makes me homesick (even if it does need to be shoveled)

  23. Merissa says:

    HAHAHA!!! oooo dear.
    Okay, secondly: I didn’t know you sing! Maybe I started reading late and you already addressed that. I vote for the next video to be in song.

  24. Katie says:

    A) I didn’t know you played the organ.
    B) I didn’t know you sang in your church choir.
    C) I didn’t know you were 6 feet tall.

    I realize we don’t know each other in real life, but I feel like I should know these things about you!!

  25. Hey it doesn’t really matter how you get your testimony….as long as you get one right??

  26. DeAnna says:

    That is freakin awesome!!! I got to enjoy the fall out of that when we stopped at my parent’s on the weekend. Way too much snow. We dug my brother’s car out of their drive way. I haven’t seen snow like that there since I was a kid and I honestly don’t remember church EVER being cancelled before. Here they cancel church if it hits -50 C or colder. So come January or February there will be at least one Sunday of no church.

  27. Rachel says:

    I think that you should send your very informative tutorial to the British government. We only need to get a couple of cm of snow and the whole country shuts down. People can’t cope at all!

    Hope you’re keeping warm!

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