Beauty in the Brisk

Beauty in the Bleak

As I look out my dorm room window, I behold the most beautiful scene: The Hudson River lies still and hazy as evening approaches, downtown Nyack looks miniature as lights begin to come on in the windows of homes and businesses, and a thin layer of snow coats the branches of the trees surrounding Christie dorm. In high school, I could stay in for an entire Saturday and not even take a step outside my door. At Nyack College, many things lay outside my dorm door: friends, events, and most of all…food. The cold weather and snow discourages venturing outside, but necessity demands it.

Walking through the snow is something I would never do by choice, but as I walk I notice the small things I could never see from my fourth floor Christie window. As my dear friend walks beside me, we chat about the cold and snowy mid-March weather. We laugh about the fact that Spring Break is right around the corner, but Spring seems to be a distant dream. The snow flakes, each uniquely crafted by the Designer, settle gently on the blades of the grass making up Mosely field. Groups of students walk about in the white mist, on their way to various places.

Settled snugly back in my dorm room, I am amazed by the beauty of it all. I realize how incredibly blessed I am to be at this Christian college nestled atop a hill overlooking the Hudson in beautiful New York, and so close to the bustling city. Above all, I am amazed by the often unnoticed beauty of our God. He so often gives us blessings that we never thank Him for, and sometimes never even seem to notice. Like the little bit of extra energy to finish that paper, or the unusually short lines in the café as we rush to eat before class.

Today, God gave me the blessing of a brisk walk and a warm conversation with a close friend. He also blessed me with the realization that there really is beauty in everything: the clean white of the frozen flakes, the joy of laughter in the midst of disappointment, and the serene ambiance of a quiet town overlooking a cold river. Every day, the Lover of Our Souls nudges us a little closer to Him when we choose to behold his magnificent glory in the everyday occurrences. I’m so thankful for this grace; this loving pull the all-powerful Almighty has on my heart, and the gift of the beauty in the brisk.

Hello, all. My name is Jennifer Cook, and I am a second semester freshman at Nyack College. I am a Business Marketing major with a double minor in Bible and Youth and Family Studies. You may be wondering what exactly those fields have to do with each other. God willing, I plan to work in the marketing department of a non-profit that strives to help teens struggling with depression, anxiety, disorders, and/or self-harm; this is my passion. I also love reading, as well as listening to and making good music. Most of all, I love Jesus and I hope that this blog post and the ones to come are a clear example of that.

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Jennifer Cook

About Jennifer Cook

I am a Junior at Nyack College in beautiful Nyack, New York. I love reading, writing, and making music. My major is Business Marketing with a Youth and Family Studies minor. My passion is helping troubled youth. With each day, I strive to love on others, and please my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in everything I do. Connect with Jennifer on Google+
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