Here in Louisiana, we seldom have snow. So, when it is in the weather forecast, and the prediction holds longer than 15 minutes, we start to take it seriously. Most of us are indeed the social media memes you see…rushing to the store to stock up on necessities: bread, milk, and toilet paper so we can “weather the storm.” Because we so seldom experience a wintry mix, we have a really hard time driving in it, and try to avoid it altogether (which is probably for the best!) We stock up on supplies and hunker down for the duration.
Snow days are elusive and kids here long for snow. They want snow not only so they can miss school, but also because they want to play in it. They want to build snowmen and have snowball fights. Some will make sleds out of whatever materials they can cobble together and will spend hours in the frigid air, playing and squealing. Parents will layer their kids in more clothes than usual as hats, gloves, and scarves are just generally unnecessary here.
Here is a picture of me as a child in a very rare blanket of snow:
My kids have had a few experiences with snow. Here are a few pictures of the most significant snows we have seen in the past few years:
Here is my son and daughter in 2008:
And, most recently, here are a few pictures of us enjoying the snow in 2015:
Snow is in the forecast for tomorrow. Reports have been that we may see anywhere from 1 inch to 5 inches. My kids are SO EXCITED!! My youngest is planning her day. She wants to make snow angels first, build a snowman, and then have a snowball fight.
And, honestly, I am excited as well. I LOVE snow!
I looked forward to it just like my kids do now. I recall how much fun we had when it actually did snow here.
But, even as a child, I knew some people dreaded the mere mention of snow. Older people clucked their tongues, and shook their heads. They worried about the weather. They “sure hoped” it wouldn’t snow. Their comments, “maybe we won’t get any,” or (worse still) “maybe it won’t stick,” made my little girl heart sad. I didn’t get it.
Sure, I knew they wouldn’t be out playing in it with us. They probably got tired of us running in and out to warm up, dripping melting snow all over the floor. I’m sure we also annoyingly ran back outside without cleaning up our mess, only to repeat this time and time again.
But….snow is so beautiful.
It is so breathtakingly beautiful.
It is so pure, and when the sun hits it, it is blinding. It is like a land of prisms, reflecting every known color as far as the eye can see. The world just looks incredibly different. It looks dazzlingly clean.
God dresses the earth in its finest and presents it to us in a majestic display of white.
So, how could anyone HATE that?? How could people forget the beauty and majesty??
People tend to forget the beauty of something when they only see the mess. Instead of seeing the gorgeous cardinals hopping along a brilliant white layer of snow, they only see the slush on the roadsides as it starts to melt. Instead of seeing a crocus peep its head up through a layer of fluffy, powdery snow, they only see that their kids failed to clean up the water puddles after running in to warm up for the 100th time of the day.
We Christians tend to do this in our spiritual life as well. We tend to “major on the minors.” We see only the messes and forget all the blessings (both large and small) that God grants us each and every day.
The Bible mentions snow several times:
Psalm 51: 6-7 (NASB) says, “Behold, You desire truth in the innermost being, and in the hidden part You will make me know wisdom. Purify me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.”
Isaiah 1:18 (NASB) says, “Come now, and let us reason together, ” says the LORD. “Though your sins are as scarlet, they will be white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they will be like wool.”
Maybe we should consider snow a reminder. We should spend our time seeing the beauty of the snow and not the mess of it. We should remember that God sent Jesus to take away our sins….they are like scarlet but He makes them white as snow.
***In the comments, do you enjoy snow? Do you see it more as a nuisance or do you enjoy its beauty?***