February 18, 2021 | Didi Bacon
I have to confess, I love the snow!
It is probably because I did not grow up with snow in Zimbabwe.
The first time I experienced snow was in 1980. My family was vacationing in England in December. It snowed one night. I can remember running outside trying to catch the flakes on my tongue. I even made snowballs and put them in the freezer to savor the snow as long as possible!
I just love how snow blankets everything. It is beautiful. The peace that comes from the quiet when there is a good amount of snow on the ground fills my soul.
I even enjoy getting out and shoveling the snow off my driveway; it’s excellent exercise.
Still, there is another reason I love the snow.
Snow reminds me of God’s grace. There are a couple of places in scripture where snow’s whiteness is a picture of God’s forgiveness.
Isaiah 1:18 says, “‘Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the Lord. ‘Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.’” (NIV)
David wrote Psalm 51 after being confronted by God, through the prophet Nathan, about his sin of adultery with Bathsheba and the murder of her husband in the cover-up.
Psalm 51:5-7 says, “Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me. Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb; you taught me wisdom in that secret place. Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.” (NIV)
The whiteness and cleanliness of the covering of snow is a reminder of how, through Jesus, God has made a way for us to be right with him. God’s forgiveness of our sin is like being covered in beautiful white snow.
So this week, take a moment and look at the snow covering the yard. Give thanks to God. Remember that if you have faith in Jesus, your ugly offenses will be covered like the whitest of snow!