Are you tired of snow yet? Do you ever listen to how much people complain about the weather, especially about how much snow has fallen this winter? I think people are divided into three camps.
Some people hate snow. They don’t like driving in snowy conditions. They worry about slipping and falling on snow covered sidewalks. They are sick and tired of shoveling snow. They don’t know where to go with it because of the high snow drifts.
Some of them plan to escape the snow every winter. We call them “Snow Birds.” They travel to warmer climates and love to rub it in to those of who are stuck here “up north” as they bask in the sun of Florida, Texas and Arizona. Some take mini vacations to a resort on some island or on a cruise in the Caribbean.
Some people simply tolerate the snow. They recognize with a sort fatalistic attitude that there is really not much we can do about it. They don’t love the snow. They don’t necessarily hate the snow. They simply say, “Well, what do you expect? We live in Wisconsin after all!”
And there are some people who absolutely love snow. And they are out in it as much as they can. Some snowmobile. Some go skiing. Some snow shoe. They can’t wait for winter and they want it to last as long as it can. I confess that I do love to ski, both downhill and cross country. And I just a new pair of snow shoes for my birthday, which I have yet to try out.
But could we take a different approach? Is there, maybe, a valuable purpose for snow? Farmers love a heavy snow base. It’s good for the ground, they say. (As long as it melts slowly and seeps into the ground and doesn’t cause spring floods).
Maybe we can try valuing snow for what it symbolizes. God compares his Word to snow and rain. In Isaiah 55:10-11, God says, “As the rain and 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.” There is a good purpose for snow and for God’s Word.
God uses snow in another analogy and point of comparison. In Isaiah 1:18, “Come now, let us reason together,” says the Lord “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.” And in Psalm 51:7 David prays, “Cleanse me with hyssop and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.” In both these passages God uses snow as a picture of forgiveness. Like freshly fallen snow beautifully and eloquently covers the ugliness of a barren, brown earth, so God’s love and forgiveness covers over all we have done wrong and the ugliness of sin in our lives.
Many of us may not wish for more snow to fall from the sky forcing us to shovel, but all of us can pray for God’s snow to fall us and to cover over our sin and guilt and wash us clean in the blood of the Lamb. That is a very good purpose for “snow.”