As we read Ecclesiastes 3:1-13 everything has its place. Admittedly, I do not like snow, but it makes for a good acronym for enjoying the presence of God. This is why Ecclesiastes 3 is helpful to read first. Snow asks two critical questions: Silence or Noice, Organized or Whenever? We already discussed Silence and noise, organized and whenever we’ll get into. The idea is that each has their place and is important.
Aspects not preferences
The SNOW principle asks the critical question: What is needed for this time and place? The answer depends upon many things. Is it a time for lamenting? Time for celebrating? When we appreciate what is best for the moment it adds depth to walking with God. Do not fall prey to just enjoying your preferences. Discern the time and place for events.
Silence or Noise?
In a moment of worship the question arises to which shall you do? What is needed? Sometimes when life is hard and not fair, you actually need noise. You need to sing or shout loudly the goodness of God. To remember you are loved and that God is in control. Sometimes you need quiet and solitude to mourn or repent. Neither is more or less spiritual than the other. The question is at your current moment what does your soul or the should of your church family need.
Organized or whenever?
Today’s emerging generations see spontaneity as the hallmark of being spiritual. Older generations view organization as the hallmark. Both are right. What is important to us planned for. Think budgets life plans, values, etc. We all plan and think through what is important. Emerging generations need to learn that organization is very much part of love and spirituality. Just think of how much planning goes into proposals now. Sometimes you need to out of the blue spend time with God. When we do that in other relationships it shoes love and care. We need both in our lives!