I’m staring out the window at a beautiful snowfall! Probably not a noteworthy amount if you live in more northern climates where frozen precipitation is a regular occurrence, but here in Atlanta, snow… any snow… is cause for a lot of attention. I know people up north make fun of us Southerners when a little blanket of the white stuff manages to shut down a major metropolitan city. (With the traffic fiasco that happened here yesterday, the criticism might be justified! See epic traffic jam pictures here and video here) But that’s ok. It’ll be gone in a day or two and we’ll be pulling out our spring clothes soon enough. So for now, I’ll sip my steaming cup of earl grey and marvel at how the snow transformed our neighborhood into a lovely Christmas card scene.
It’s amazing how quickly the yard took on a whole different look in such a short time. The bare trees, dead leaves and disheveled wood pile look so unlike they did only a day ago. The street, the house, even the trash can have a whole new complexion. For the moment, the fresh blanket of white seems to have purged the world of its ugliness.
As I admire at the beauty of what’s outside my window right now, I can’t help but see the obvious spiritual analogy. The stain of sin so radically altered mankind that the divine image of God stamped on us at creation is now marred and disfigured. But the Lord hasn’t left us in our flawed condition. Through faith in Christ, He blankets us with His own righteousness, erasing the ugliness of our fallen nature.
But that’s where the analogy ends. In a couple of days, the sun will return and pump up the temperatures just enough to evaporate the snow, and the unsightliness will return. There’s no fear of the ugliness returning to a transformed life though. When we accept the work of Christ on our behalf, we are completely clean and changed forever! Psalm 103:12 reminds us that “as far as the east is from the west, so far has (God) removed our transgressions from us.” Though we may choose to disobey after we receive the cover of forgiveness, nothing can melt away His grace or erase His abundant mercy.
If you are a believer in Jesus, let the snow be a seasonal reminder of the purity and permanent transformation that has been given to you through Christ.
“Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the Lord, “Though your sins are as scarlet, They will be as white as snow” ~ Isaiah 1:18