Wednesday, January 8, 2014

White As Snow

Early Sunday morning snow began to quietly fall upon us here in the Midwest. By the time Hubby and I awoke we were already blanketed in about six inches of sparkling winter white fluff.

As Hubby gazed out the window, I asked if he thought we could make it to church.  He said he wasn't sure and asked me to get up and peek out to see what I thought. Of course when I saw that our yard, sidewalk, driveway, and the entire road in front of our house was buried in half a foot of snow and my view was blurred by the "blizzard like" curtain that was still raining down around us, I just had to giggle.

We were not going to be able to make it to church. No one on our street was going to be going anywhere anytime soon.

So we pulled on some comfy clothes, and headed downstairs to start cooking up some warm yummy food. As a pleasant aroma wafted from the slowcooker, I pulled a pan of warm brownies from the oven, and treasured the company of my guys in the kitchen with me. Hubby and our Scientist were busy creating a huge batch of guacamole while our Engineer took out the trash and unloaded the dishwasher.

Then we snuggled in for a relaxing day with our boys. We enjoyed some movies, laughed, ate, and watched in wonder as the snow piled higher and higher...all day long. It was beautiful, mesmerizing, and extremely cold!

Later, when the guys bundled up and headed out to shovel snow from our driveway with the hopes that we would be able to venture out in a day or two, I helped find heavy coats, hats, scarves, and gloves for them. With the temperatures well below zero, I certainly wanted them well clothed while they were out working in the bitter wind chill.

Yeah, that was the moment I felt like the amazing Proverbs 31 woman. You know...that part in verse 21 that says: "When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet."

As you may remember I have shared before my love of Non-Weather. It truly could be sunny and warm every day for the rest of my life. But there are those and there...when I find the beauty in a bit of weather.

Oh I do love the smell after a summer rain. And what about the excitement of spotting a rainbow? Yes, the shimmer of icicles is mesmerizingly pretty. Of course, what is more relaxing than a cool breeze blowing softly through your hair? And although every once in a while I enjoy experiencing one of these beautiful moments in time, there really is one special type of weather that truly calms my soul.

Clearly, nothing can compare to the purity of freshly fallen snow. That moment early in the morning or late at night when the sparkling blanket has yet to be disturbed. Gazing out on a field of untouched snow brings a peace that can't be matched. It's so new and unblemished.

Did you know snow is mentioned in the Bible over 20 times? A few times the Bible refers to it as it actually is (as in the Proverbs verse above), but often the Bible uses the word snow to describe something "as white as snow". Sometimes it refers to a glow, a person, clothes, or appearance. My favorite reference is an offer from God to the Israelites:

Come. Let us talk some more about this matter,”
    says the Lord.
“Even though your sins are bright red,
    they will be as white as snow.
Even though they are deep red,
    they will be white like wool.
But you have to be willing to change and obey me.
    If you are, you will eat the best food that grows on the land.
You must follow me. You must obey me.  
                                                         ~ Isaiah 1:18-20a

I truly believe that God extends that offer to us as well. I love how these verses begin with God wanting to "talk it over". When I read these words I am reminded how much God loves us and wants to chat with us. What a comfort that is!

I also love that God is willing to make the most horribly "red" sin "white"...white as snow. And as I can attest to you today...freshly fallen snow is so bright, clean, and pure.
God will take our worst offenses and give us a Fresh Start. The old sin is wiped away as if it never happened and we get to start all over again with a clean white slate. That is just about the best Fresh Start I can think of as I focus on such things this month.

Now...for God to give you this Fresh Start, you do have to be willing to do something for Him as well. You must be willing to change your ways, obey God, and follow Him.

If you are struggling...carrying some old baggage from last year. I just want to encourage you to take Isaiah's words to heart. Accept this amazing offer of a Fresh Start from God. Let him take your dirty old sinful life and make it white as snow.

Allow yourself to experience the wonder and beauty of living your life for Christ.

Maybe it's time to go to the Lord and "talk some more about this matter."

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