Confession is good for the soul.
I live in the North East of the US where we got two feet of snow delivered to us last weekend.
When I was young, I loved the snow. It meant school delays or days off. I loved playing in it.
Even into my young teen years, I loved the snow. We did the kind of sledding that could have taken your life. We even wore football helmets! We use to tie three sleds to the back of a snow mobile and took turns on the last sled because it was guaranteed to roll on the turns. It was a mark of manhood if you could stay on the last sled!
I even remember thinking that snow was beautiful. The trees wore it like a majestic robe and the landscape glistened as the Sun shined! Ok, I didn’t think about it exactly that way, but I thought it looked really amazing.
Not so anymore!
I actually hate snow now more than ever. I see it as a mess that slows progress and requires removal. Before last winter, I bought a little used snow blower at a yard sale and barely had the chance to use it. The first time I needed it this winter, it was kind of fun. By the third time, however, it lost its appeal.
Perhaps I need to take my grandchildren out to play in the snow to recapture a good attitude toward it. They always have a way of cheering things up.
Those who live north of me probably wonder how I could let what little snow we get in Pennsylvania even bother me. Some of them have snow seven or eight months out of the year!
My relatives in Maine remind me that at least the snow in Pennsylvania melts before the next snow!” Right now, however, I am thinking about visiting my relatives in Florida!
Meanwhile, to help correct my attitude, I checked to see what Scripture says about snow.
The first verse I encountered rebuked me.
- “To the snow, He says, ‘Fall on the earth,’ And to the downpour and the rain, ‘Be strong'” (Job 37:6).
So that’s why it’s snowing! Now I really need to get an attitude check!
Then I read of God asking Job,
- “Have you entered the storehouses of the snow, Or have you seen the storehouses of the hail,” (Job 38:22).
The snow we just got felt like the storehouse was emptied on us! But I better keep quiet lest the storehouses have much more to send our way!
My attention then turned to Proverbs where snow is used to expose the fool.
- “Like snow in summer and like rain in harvest, So honor is not fitting for a fool” (Proverbs 26:1)
At least we don’t get snow in the summer!
Next I read about the noble wife who is not intimidated by the snow.
- “She is not afraid of the snow for her household, For all her household are clothed with scarlet” (Proverbs 31:21).
Good for her! She can have my snow too.
But moving to a more serious tone, I thought of the most familiar reference to snow in the Bible.
- “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).
The Psalmist prayed, “Purify me from my sins, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.”
When our Lord appeared to the Apostle John, we learn that, “His head and His hair were white like white wool, like snow; and His eyes were like a flame of fire” (Revelation 1:14).
I’ll try to think about these references to snow to keep my attitude in check!