Well, Spring began yesterday and today we are under a blanket of snow. It is not as bad as the northeast of the U.S., but we will probably have a number of inches before it is done. If one is able, it is a day to dress in old comfortable clothes, stay warm, and do what is needed at home. The snow also gives me another reminder. Looking out at the back yard before the snow it didn’t look all that good. The grass was brown from late winter days. Nothing was in bloom. The weeds and dried leaves still took over the flower bed. A few branches still down after the last bout of ice. Not a great sight. But now with the snow everything is white and clean. The image is what God has done for us in Jesus Christ. Isaiah wrote, “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.'(1:18) That is the way we are able to approach our God, clothed in the pure white robe of Christ’s righteousness. All praise and glory to You, Lord Jesus.
We had snow on Sunday. Roads were pretty clear by Monday, but over night we had another snow and it is still coming down. I looked out of the front door a few minutes ago. Everything is pristine white and absolutely still. The Lord give us an interesting experience in these moments. Everything is clean and beautiful, and there is complete silence. In our fast paced and troubled world we don’t have many opportunities to see something perfectly clean, quiet, and at peace. Perhaps the brief minutes on a snowy day are a reminder that this is what God intended for life, and what He extends to us in His Kingdom. The snow quickly becomes a nuisance when we have to travel in it, but God does intend that clean and quiet be the content of our hearts. Peter wrote words concerning women that I think apply to us all. “Your inner self (should be) the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.”(I Pt.3:4) Even in the many nuisances of this world we are called by God to quietness of heart in trust of Him.
We are under about an eight inch blanket of snow this morning. Everything looks pure white and clean. Before the snow the ground was brown and scrubby, the trees barren, and everything in mid-winter roughness. But now, all is clean and pure white. This is always a good picture of what Christ has done for us. Luke 15 tells the story of the Prodigal Son who rebelled from his father, but finally returned home in repentance. The father received the son, and the first instruction to his servants, was to “Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him.”(vs.22) The father, in the greatest love, received the son back, and immediately surrounded him with a clean robe, covering all of the stench of the pig pen he had been in. Jesus Christ has covered us in the pure white robe of His righteousness. When you look at the blanket of snow, let it remind you of the great love of our Lord who has covered all of our sins.