As I look outside my window on this cold February day. The world is white covered in cold H2O frozen on the ground. I am so thankful for an apartment filled with the sweet smells of piping hot tea!
I used to hate winter days because they were always gloomy and seemingly full of problems. If I could, I would be a bear and hibernate for the winter. I am grouchy on cold days! Why is it that we have to have winter? (For those of you that love the cold and snow ball fights, I applaud you.)
Wintry days show my sinful attitudes where I need God’s grace. Today is different! God has been teaching me as I sit with a cup of tea in one hand and my precious Bible in the other that winter is here for a purpose. It is God’s design! In Isaiah it talks about what purpose the rain and snow have here on earth.
Isaiah 55:10-13 (NKJV)
10 “For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven,
And do not return there,
But water the earth,
And make it bring forth and bud,
That it may give seed to the sower
And bread to the eater,
11 So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth;
It shall not return to Me void,
But it shall accomplish what I please,
And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.
Just like the snow that waters the earth so I have food on my table, flowers to smell in the spring; God’s Word refreshes my soul like snow refreshes the ground. It may not always be pleasant but it is a gracious act of a wonderful Savior. Just think for a moment if there wasn’t a refreshing of the ground every year! The soil would not yield the fullest crop that it has the potential of producing. So it is with my heart if I don’t have the Words of God inside of me on a continual basis, I will not yield the fruit that God has intended for me to bear. (John 15:5)
I still don’t always like cold days but my perspective is changing! So as I look at the snow and it brings about the reminder of refreshing the ground. My heart can then say with hymn writer, James Nicholson, “Whiter than snow, yes, whiter than snow.
Now wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.”(Whiter than Snow, 1872)