I’ve been posting only on my Facebook page, but … today — well, today I am thankful for snow.
Today I am thankful for snow.
Before you remind me of the hazards and treachery of snow covered roads, let’s talk about why snow is something to be thankful for.
Snow is natural beauty decor. In spring, summer, and fall, we have green, pink, red, violet, orange, rust, and magenta. In winter, with the absence of vibrant color, we need the sparkling, crystal, shimmering blanket of snow. Snow is not a freak of nature, it’s an act of God. In Job 37: 5-6 “God thunders with his voice in marvelous ways; he does great things beyond our understanding. For to the snow he says, ‘Fall to earth’”.
Think of a “blanket of snow” being like insulation in your house. The ground stays warmer because the cold air can’t get to it. This means your garden is protected, and the animals that live outside don’t have to run heat tape through their burrows. Psalm 147: 16 “He sends the snow that is white like wool; he spreads the frost that is white like ashes.” Snow keeps the ground from freezing so hard that plants and trees can’t extract enough moisture from the soil to survive the winter. Obviously snow melts and waters plants and supplies water back to the ground, rivers, lakes, and ponds.
Snow is pristine when it falls from the sky to Earth. On the ground, the more of it there is, the longer it takes to be contaminated by the dirt and grime of the environment. I wonder if this is one of the reasons God used snow in Psalm 51:7 to illustrate having a spirit, clean before the Lord. “Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.” We can clear the slate with God, we can confess to Him and ask forgiveness for our sin and we are cleaned up and white like snow. But then we walk in the environment of real life and get messy again. See how that works? Like the ground needs new snow for protection, to quench thirst, and for magnificent beauty, we need to be spiritually purified through confession, replenished and renewed.
November 22: Today I am thankful for snow.
Romans 10:9-10 “If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.”
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