Living just outside of New York City means that when Old Man Winter rolls in we have the opportunity for snow from time to time. So far the 2015 version of himsel hasn’t been too bad. We narrowly missed the #Snowpocalypse of 2015 which have led many to call it #Snowgate 2015. We may not have gotten three feet, but we did end up with somewhere between 6-9 inches. And people bought a ton of eggs, bread and milk! I guess our region will be having an awful lot of french toast this winter.
The kids absolutely loved sledding, building snow forts, avoiding yellow snow, throwing snow balls, and everything else that kids do in snow. I loved the snow too–but for different reasons. I loved the snow because I’m a visual guy. I need to see something, and the snow is one of God’s incredible gifts to us. Yeah, I said it.
The Snow is one of God’s gifts to us.
Here’s why… Psalm 51:7 says,
Purify me from my sins, and I will be clean;wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
Snow covers over everything.
Few things are exempt from it’s cloaking power. With every flake that falls, the canvas grows whiter and whiter. Everything looks fresh and clean after a good snowfall. It covers all the ugliness left behind by fall. All the decaying things and all the brittle brokenness of this world. It reminds me of how God has “covered” my sins because of what Jesus did on the cross. How Jesus forgave the ugliness, brokeness and sin in my life so that I can know God and be in His presence. The fact that Jesus was willing to pay the penalty for what I rightly deserved is something that I can never forget.
Snow reflects the light.
A fresh blanket of snow in the afternoon sun can blind just about anyone. Especially after you’ve come out of the drab interior of your winter hibernation. Your eyes can barely contain all of the light that is bouncing around off of every snowflake. It reminds me of how we have been set in this world to reflect the Light of the world–Jesus. God’s forgiveness washes us white as snow and makes it so that we can shine brightly in this world!
I’m a summer kind of guy, I can’t wait to be sitting on the beach with sand in my toes… but everynow and then boots in the snow are good too!
And just for fun, here are my crazy kids out in the snow!