A Winter Wonderland

For a couple of months now, the wreath on our front door has ceaselessly proclaimed, “Let it snow!” to all who would grace our front porch, from in-law to pizza delivery men & women.

And for several months, that invocation of frozen precipitation has gone unheeded. Aside from the occasional mild flurry or frost, green grass has continued to color the landscape here.

Then today came, when just a little before lunchtime the snow began to fall. Around six inches of the cold stuff fell to Earth, blanketing my hometown with beauty as only God could orchestrate it. Such beauty, though, is made almost bittersweet: on the one hand, everyone and their mothers start complaining about the snow, the cold, the ice, and just about everything else that makes the event wondrous. Working in a public place around customers who are just crazy enough to decide a new shirt and some living room paint are reason enough to brave the snow in their over-sized truck or utility vehicle.

Ordinarily, I would say that driving in snowy or icy conditions is one legitimate excuse for having a larger vehicle with more power and traction; however, the only vehicles I saw today that had any trouble at all stopping and starting without sliding were trucks. Heh.

Anyway, so that’s the “bitter” part of it. The sweet part, as briefly mentioned earlier, is the wondrous aspect of snow.

At this also my heart trembles, And leaps from its place. Hear attentively the thunder of His voice, And the rumbling that comes from His mouth. He sends it forth under the whole heaven, His lightning to the ends of the earth. After it a voice roars; He thunders with His majestic voice, And He does not restrain them when His voice is heard. God thunders marvelously with His voice; He does great things which we cannot comprehend. For He says to the snow, “Fall on the earth”; Likewise to the gentle rain and the heavy rain of His strength. Job 37:1-6, NKJV

Praise the Lord! For it is good to sing praises to our God; For it is pleasant, and praise is beautiful. … He gives snow like wool; He scatters the frost like ashes; He casts out His hail like morsels; Who can stand before His cold? Psalm 147:1,16,17, NKJV

Scientists have rightly figured out that snow falls when certain meteorological conditions are met. Of that, I have no argument. However, I know that Jesus Christ is “the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see. To him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen” 1 Timothy 6:15,16, ESV.

Whatever natural processes are at work, then, are subject to Jesus’ “eternal dominion.” Indeed, Elihu’s speech in the Book of Job declares wonderfully how the storms of the earth show forth God’s greatness. When the snow falls, Jesus gets the ultimate credit, regardless of how much one talks of natural processes. I strive not to complain about the snow, for in so doing I would find fault with my Savior & Lord.

That the Lord sends the snow isn’t the only wondrous aspect about it:

Praise the Lord from the earth, You great sea creatures and all the depths; Fire and hail, snow and clouds; Stormy wind, fulfilling His word. Psalm 148:7,8, NKJV

Not only does the Lord Jesus send the snow, but in being sent, the snow is praise unto Him. Like the stormy wind, the falling snow fulfills the words of the Lord; He speaks to them, and they obey, falling on the earth where and when He has chosen.

Certainly, the concept of obedient snow will be foolish to some reading this. However, just as my computer displays a menu when I click on the “Start” button, so does the snow fall when God desires it. Unlike our computers, which are able to fail to perform, the snow will fall as God commands, fulfilling the command given it.

May we be like the snow in that regard!

So there we have the origin & obedience of the snow, but the Scriptures tell us also of things we ought to be reminded of when it snows:

I watched till thrones were put in place, And the Ancient of Days was seated; His garment was white as snow, And the hair of His head was like pure wool. His throne was a fiery flame, Its wheels a burning fire. Daniel 7:9, NKJV

His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes like a flame of fire; His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace, and His voice as the sound of many waters; He had in His right hand seven stars, out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword, and His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength. Revelation 1:14,15, NKJV

Let the snow remind you of the Lord Jesus Christ. He is robed in white, with white hair atop His head, a fitting appearance for He who is purity.

If circumstances do force you to have to drive in the snow, keep Jesus at the forefront of your mind. Do not succumb to complaining against His work, but allow it to bring to mind just how wonderful He is. Remember that He who sent the snow is more than capable of protecting you on your way. He is our joy, and during times when people are apt to get upset (such as driving during a snowstorm), we do well to bear that thought in mind

As a brief aside, please, right now, put out of your mind the famous images of a brunette Jesus. Indeed, we are “looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ” Titus 2:13, NKJV, and the Lord who is our blessed hope has hair like snow! Dare I say, if you worship a brunette Jesus, you do not worship the coming King! (As an even briefer aside within an aside, if you say hair color is irrelevant, I say it is relevant simply because He felt it worthy of mentioning, on more than one occasion within Scripture!)

The Lord sends snow. The snow is obedient and in so doing praises the Lord. The snow reminds of the Lord, for His hair & garments are said to be like the snow. And the snow ought to remind us of our salvation.

“Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the Lord, “Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They shall be as wool. Isaiah 1:18, NKJV

John, to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from Him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven Spirits who are before His throne, and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. Revelation 1:4-6, NKJV

What a wonderful thing to be reminded of! To know that Christ has taken our sins and washed them in His own blood — a blood capable of cleansing to a purer white than Clorox could ever hope to! — is unbelievable. As the snow covers the ground, so His blood covers sins, and yet the wonders thereof are so much greater!

Springtime will never come and melt away the effects of Jesus’ blood.

Tire tracks, litter, oil, and footprints so quickly mar the pristine quality of freshly fallen snow; how much more permanent is the snow-white cleansing that Jesus’ blood brings.

When I stand before the Father, I will stand redeemed — not because of anything I have done, but because I will be able to plead the blood. Jesus will stand as my perfect Advocate, and the Father will with loving arms welcome me home, because of His Son’s loving sacrifice on my behalf.

Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved. Place your total trust in the washing away of sins that only His blood can give to you. No good deed can save you because, as far as God is concerned, there are none who do good. Deeds pleasing to Him can only be done when they have as their source a heart that is pleasing to Him.

An unrepentant heart can never be pleasing to the Lord. Repent, for the Kingdom of God is near.

And for those of you reading who have believed into Jesus Christ, I encourage you to take every snowfall as an opportunity to remember our God, Jesus Christ, and the eternal life He has given you.

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