Lessons from Winter Snow; Struggle and Beauty

I painted a winter snow scene in an “art” session.  It’s not of any known place but rather an exercise in capturing a season.  Here it is. We may think of the winter of our lives and how our hair turns white.  Maybe the lesson here is, enjoy every day and season the Lord gives us.

Snow is more welcoming to the eye than it is to the back’s struggle. This friend’s house, the trees and the sky speak Winter Snow’s beauty.

Then winter birds that are great to watch, struggle to find an organic feast . Sometimes there is a frenzy of feathered friends vying for the banquet just outside our dining room window.   Sometimes the berries are gone before the snow comes.  The lesson is – set aside some for winter like the ants do.

I’ve had the pleasure of seeing a few glaciers, such as this one in Alaska. I was hoping to see  it calving (a big chuck breaking off) but it didn’t.  This beauty has been around for many repeated snow storms.  Now it struggles.

Okay, one more photo to consider.  One day as my wife and I were walking along the clouds parted and this snow capped mountain appeared.  This reminds me of a deeper lesson of a mountaintop experience I had, when my sins which were red like crimson, were washed away to make my heart as white as snow.  Wow!

The truth of that experience is found 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 be red like crimson, they shall be like wool..

How fitting that in the middle of our Canadian winter we should celebrate the coming of Jesus into the world, whose main purpose was to take away our sins and give us right standing with God.  Father God sent Jesus to earth so that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.  I believe that, and by faith have received that.  I pray that you too – will have your sins made white as snow.



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