I sit here looking out my office window at the 5 or 6 inches of snow we received in Adrian Missouri over the weekend. It stopped us from having our regular Church meeting yesterday and caused the cancellation of almost every event my family had planned for the weekend. It reminded me of the story about the snow flake that said, “Alone I can do nothing, but if we all stick together we can accomplish anything.” Well, these little flakes stuck together and stopped our town cold.
But as I look out my window at a sea of white I am reminded of something else. While living in Alaska my primary source of heat was wood. I had to cut, split and stack piles and piles of wood. The side yard at my house was an ugly pile of wood to be cut, bark and sticks where it had been split and a pile of wood ready to burn. It was always a mess to look at from the big picture windows of my home. Then it would snow. It would immediately be transformed into this beautiful pile of white and brown that made a tapestry of winter landscape. I tried to take pictures to capture it (like above) but I am not a very good photographer. I can tell you that I loved how my ugly side yard would instantly become beautiful when the white of snow was added.
That reminds me of a line in Isaiah chapter 1. There is a prediction that the people of God are going to turn away from Him, but if they turn back, something beautiful will happen.
“Come now, let us reason together,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.”
Isaiah 1:18 (NIV)
When people turn to God and accept forgiveness through Jesus, the ugly mess of their lives will become as white as snow. I love that image … even though I hate this snow.