" Take away my sin, and I will be clean. Wash me, and I will be whiter than snow."
As I sit here watching the flakes falling so softly glad to be in the comfort of the warmth of my home I find myself asking what it is about snow and the winter months. It has been many years since we've had snow this early on yet here it is in full force. I like snow enough and it is so beautiful to see fresh fallen untouched by man’s hands but the cold that comes with it I could do without. But I can’t complain since I am from Michigan and with winter comes snow. I do not love it nor do I hate it. Glad when I don’t have to drive in it and thankful when I make it safely back home from driving in it.
When my children were little they loved snow because it meant snowballs, snow angels and sledding and now that they are older and usually away from home I do miss those treasured moments captured. My youngest still loves the snow but isn’t as fond to be out in it anymore either which is good because the older I get the less I like to be playing in it.
But now when I see the snow and live through the cold months my heart sees it in a new light and it makes me glad for the cold and the big white falling flakes. Winter reminds me of Jesus and His love for us. As the cold sets in and things begin to die it reminds me of our sins. When we look to Jesus and seek him daily and grow in Him our old selves begin to die. And then as the snow falls like the Bible says in ‘Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be white as snow’ –Isaiah 1:18. The snow to me is like a washing away of our old self, our past year (especially if it was not a good one). The white is a cleansing and the softness of the fallen snow on trees and untouched ground is like Jesus’ soft touch in our lives. And the best part is we get to look forward to spring when we can come out of our cocoons we’ve been wrapped in to stay warm feeling renewed and refreshed.
So, next time you feel like moaning and groaning about the falling snow like I still do at times. Remember the goodness of our Lord and ask Him what can I let go of in my life and let die with this winter. What can I let fall from my life that has been hurting me just as the snowflakes fall? When new life springs forth this year what can I let new into my life that will draw me closer to God? Just like spring will melt away the signs of winter, let God melt away your sins and praise Him for His love and goodness in your life and pray for continued blessing throughout the year. God has promised to be here for us, trust Him, lean on Him, and watch Him work in your life.
For now stay warm and don’t lose heart in this cold, spring is just around the corner!