The snow fell silently. Layers upon layers of tiny intricate flakes blanketing the yard, the sidewalk, the street.
Whereas raging fires speak of God’s power and anger, delicate snow speaks of His gentleness and concern. He wants people to slow, businesses to close, homeless to find shelter, neighbors to help neighbors shovel. He longs to see couples experience intimacy wrapped in His warmth of a fuzzy blanket He provided. He delights in children and adults alike who create forts and snow people. Jesus blesses those who squeal with joy as they glide down slopes of His snow.
Beyond ourselves, haven’t you ever seen a dog who loves the snow?
Winter weather is the squirrel’s main excuse for overeating all Fall.
In His brilliant plan, snow covers the earth creating a level of insulation to keep burrowed animals warm.
And as if that wasn’t enough, God forms snow with specific nutrients beneficial to plants. Because of its slow release of moisture (melting instead of heavy rain and saturation), His gift of nitrogen, sulfur and other trace elements have time to soak more deeply and thoroughly into the soil. (Friends of the Garden News, The FOG BLOG).
The snow’s obedience produces much fruit each Spring when plants become green, not with envy but with health.
What lessons can we take from His snow as the holidays fast approach?
May we be like children and play!
May snow be the reason we draw together in His community: to feed and clothe those less fortunate, to help neighbors (think broadly about who your neighbor is) and hold each other up when the winter gets harsh.
May any bitter or disgruntled areas of our hearts melt to allow us and our relationships to spring to life again.
May we soak in spiritual nutrients, “deeply and thoroughly” to prepare us now and always to bear Jesus-loving fruit.
As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth. It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it (Isaiah 55:10-11).
What is winter like where you are? How will snow (if you have it) increase your holiday joy?
All photos in this post are from Pixabay.
Thank you for your visit. Have a beauty-full day in the Lord.