There are 2 days until Christmas! I doubt people in my state will see the scene above where God has decorated the landscape with snow, but isn’t it beautiful? As a kid, I was told by my mom that I could never eat the first snow of the season. She claimed that the first snow cleaned the atmosphere, but from the second snow on, we could make snow-cream! We couldn’t wait for the second snow! If we had a second snow (Virginia weather is unpredictable) we would take huge bowls outside with us because we were greedy for what God left for us! With vanilla and milk, we enjoyed our awaited treat!
Snow is like peace. We feel a sense of wonder when we see it falling down to us. We stop and see how beautiful it is. We pray for it sometimes. We get excited when God sends it. We know that only the Lord can send it. It is humbling to see how generous the Lord is with His peace. Peace calms the soul because it is comes quietly and beautifully to our attention and fills us with a sense of God’s care for us. We can rest in His peace and plan.
In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety. Psalm 4:8 NIV
Falling snow is also like a blanket being put on a sleeping child. While the child is unaware, the blanket falls quietly over him to keep him warm. God’s love is like snow in that it blankets His children with peace. We can rest, knowing He has our lives covered. Like a good parent, He takes care of us, even at times when we are unaware of it. He does not sleep and is always aware of all of our needs.
Snow is refreshing. It makes everything look brighter, fresher, cleaner. It changes things to a fresh, new new look. Just as you refresh your browser on a computer to start anew, snow gives us that sense of newness, starting again with a clean slate. The best news is, Jesus can clean and refresh our hearts! When we present our not- so-white hearts to Jesus and confess our sins, He covers them with His blood and forgets them! He refreshes and restarts our heart’s appearance and condition. So when we think of snow at Christmastime, we can think of how Jesus makes our hearts white by cleaning it with His blood. I love this simple verse:
And in the hidden part You will make me to know wisdom. Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. Psalm 51:7 NIV
Not AS white as snow, but whiter! He always does things to the extreme. It makes sense. He is pure, so He can make our hearts pure.
So to continue our song…on the 2nd day before Christmas, my Jesus showed to me, His precious blood, from sin, will set me free.
Thank You for helping us understand Your awesomeness by looking at Christmas symbols. You are giving generously of Your blanketing, refreshing peace. Let us be so generous with others that they feel refreshed from our giving to them or being a comforting presence to them. Help our eyes to get the big picture of what You have available for us because You love us so much. Thank You for Your Word and Your plan for us as we obey it. We love You so much!! Amen
Love and prayers to all of You,
Just me, Just His.