One has to admit that there is something sorta magical about the first significant snow of the season. Actually I would rather have snow than rain because it just lazily falls from the heaven and gently lands upon the earth. The whiteness of the flakes leave little doubt as to its identity. Unlike rain, even in its gentlest form it can be easily visually recognized. Snow is also a visual indicator of which way the wind is blowing. Many. many children over the years, as well as adults, delight in the anticipation of building the first snowman of the season; snow angels grace the lawns of homes in a myriad of sizes. It is absolutely refreshing to gaze upon an open field of freshly fallen, sun glistening snow. Even the barrenness of deciduous trees is adorned in a beautiful garment of white. As we recall the excitement of little children peering through frosted windows and exclaiming in gleeful voices “It’s snowing, it’s snowing!”, lets us consider this frozen precipitation in another manner.
In Job 26 we have confirmed once again that God created all things for it is written that He saith to the snow, be thou on the earth! It is absolutely amazing that even the snowflakes obey the Heavenly Father! His purpose in creating these beautiful hexagonal ice crystals seems to range from a delightful source of joy for young children to the refreshing of the soul and a launderer of the atmosphere. Fresh fallen snow has a sense of pureness and renewal and in addition presents a need to respond responsibly. A virtuous woman is not afraid of the snow, for she cloths her family appropriately.
God has promised us in Isaiah 1:18 that though our sins be as scarlet, they shall become white as snow when we come and reason together with Him. Oftentimes when I take in the beauty of new fallen snow, it is a reminder of the night I realized that I was a sinner, that Jesus shed his blood for my sins, conquered death by arising from the grave, and provided a way for mankind to be reconciled to God. That evening a miracle took place in my heart as I called upon the name of the Lord, asked forgiveness for my sins and for God to save me.
Unfortunately we are subjected to the ugliness which is thrust upon the snow by the trampling of the world. Dirty snow is repulsive to look upon and so it is when the Lord Jesus looks upon the sin-infested heart of a believer. The grayishness of carnality taints the covering of a pure heart and within its core sin has deposited tarish black tumors. It is as though the drought from not spending time in the Living Word and the heat from friction of spiritual warfare has melted the snowy clean soul of a believer. A shame indeed is this turn of events in the life of one of Gods redeemed. But, alas, there is hope! I John 1:9 It we confess our sins he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Let us endeavor as we enjoy the beauty of this season to consider maintainig the snowy whiteness of our hearts.