I grew up in low country South Carolina. I had never seen snow until my late teens.
Then when it snowed just enough to barely coat the ground, it was like the aliens had landed.
Everything closed up. People walked very carefully, as if the earth might cave in any minute. People who rarely took pictures got out their brownie cameras.
And some of the old timers shivered and observed it was good God had let them live their lives in the south instead of up north where people had to contend with the stuff.
Later in life, I was to see snow far beyond anything I could have ever imagined. I saw the majesty of the Swiss Alps, the Austrian Alps, British Columbia and Alaska.
Even with pictures and videos, nothing could capture the experience of being there.
Now I live in Kentucky. Sometimes there is snow. Like all the weather in Kentucky, one never knows what to expect. We could be in flip flops and full snow gear all in the same day!
People still talk about the year that snow flurries were predicted and we had an 18 inch blizzard.
The last couple of days have opened the season with snow. Not only does it cause me to remember other snows, it also leads me to reflect on God’s Promises sent through snow.
It is amazing how snow can cover everything beneath and make the world one, under God’s Protective Blanket.
We no longer see the evidence of dead leaves, blown down in the fall. We see a solid blanket of white.
In that one grand gesture, God paints a picture of His Redemption of humanity. His Love covers death and makes us brand new.
God says to all of us, “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow …”
We need only respond, as did David the psalmist. “Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.”
As much as rainbows are God’s Signs of His Promise, so are His Snows. He whispers in the silence of the falling snow.
“As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,
so is My Word that goes out from My Mouth. It will not return to Me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”
And to those who will receive His Promise, He gives more. If you have been waiting for a Word from The Lord, this is it!
“You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.
Instead of the thornbush will grow the juniper, and instead of briers the myrtle will grow.
This will be for The Lord’s renown, for an everlasting sign, that will endure forever.”
Be sure to notice how God reflected His Cross in the sunset tonight!