“‘Come now, and let us reason together,’ Says the Lord, ‘Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They shall be as wool’” (Isaiah 1:18).
Man I miss the snow. The desert has its own majesty, but there is something about snow. Every year growing up, we had at least a few good snowfalls. Ignoring the hijinks my family would engage in, waking up and looking out at the window was an experience that is difficult to replicate. The world would be blanketed in white and everything seemed new, the only thing to think about was how to enjoy the day. Granted, obligations and tasks didn’t evaporate, things needed to be done despite the wet and the cold, but that wonder that first hits is still something that I miss.
The world was just as dirty as it was when the snow fell, but that’s buried by white fluffiness; the only thing that is seen is a fresh and clean world. That’s the mental picture that I’m reminded of when I think about how we’ve been cleansed by God’s grace. The great news is, God only sees the clean us, He doesn’t look for what was underneath. We have a fresh start, that is only filled with possibilities. I wonder how excited God is when He looks out and sees us, is it that same giddiness that encompasses all of us as children in the snow?
Snow isn’t for everyone, I get that, that’s part of the reason why many move to deserts like the one we have here. By the same token, many don’t accept the gift of God’s grace and repent. These people are still blemished by the crimson of their sin, and we can be certain that God won’t be able to miss those stains.
Thankfully, we came to our senses and see that we are incapable of becoming clean on our own; and it’s up to us to share that with the world. This isn’t an obligation, it’s a privilege. By being His messengers we have the opportunity not just to delight Him, but to show His grace to others. God’s grace comes flittering down like flakes of fresh snow, and there’s nothing more joyful than being with someone for their first snowfall.
“Like the cold of snow in time of harvest Is a faithful messenger to those who send him, For he refreshes the soul of his masters” (Proverbs 25:13).