The first snowfall of the season has arrived! I awoke this morning and looked outside to see the ground blanketed in beautiful fresh snow. It was the perfect kind of snow. Crisp, white, soft. It decorated every branch of every tree. Huge snowflakes fell softly to the ground.
As I walked my dog at the park next door, I was struck by the beauty of the remnants of fall mixing together with the upcoming winter. Red and orange leaves that has fallen onto the path were frozen and crunched with ice and snow as we walked. The reds, yellows, and oranges of the fall leaves that had not yet left the trees poked through the snow and left splashes of color.
The rising morning sun cast beams of light that made the fall colors even brighter hues and made the snow glisten all the more. As I walked and prayed I thought of Isaiah 1:18:
“though your sins are like scarlet,
they shall be like snow;”
I looked at the scarlet leaves covered with white snow and marveled at our God’s goodness.
Many people lament the start of the winter season. It is easy to see the dangerous roads, the poor visibility, the shoveling, the brown sludge of wet snow mixed with dirt and mud, icy sidewalks, and high heating bills!
Instead we need to pause and take a look at the beauty of the snow that our Creator has sent to us! We need to be reminded that our lives are like the winter. They are messy, full of problems and trials. But oh how beautiful our lives become when we set our gaze on the Creator and live in His love! He has made such wonderful things and has given us so much. Our sins are forgotten; made clean and white as winter snow. Our God is truly amazing.