Sunday, December 21, 2008

White as snow


Like much of the rest of the country we are covered in snow. We don't get all that much around here so when the white stuff comes we all take notice. It seems you either love it or hate it. I love it! I have a big ol' suburban that drives just fine in the stuff so bring it on.

Something about snow almost mesmerizes me. I love to watch it fall, like a peaceful blanket. I love how it muffles the harsh sounds of the world. And I love how it covers ugliness with it's perfection. That is until the kids wake up and stomp all over my perfectly manicured lawn with their snow boots and try their hands at snowmen, igloos, and snowball fights.

As I was sitting gazing out the window last night the old hymn 'White as Snow' kept running through my thoughts. My neighborhood is not the most beautiful so when snow comes down like this it covers all the ugliness. The cracks in the sidewalks, the dead grass, the empty flower barrels, the oil spots on the street, the leftover dead plants in my garden along with the rotten tomatoes, the leaves that didn't get raked up. It is all covered right now. Not only is it covered, but this time the snow was sparkly. As I watched it snow, with just the light from the street lamp, it shimmered and sparkled amazingly. I don't know if it was from the arctic winds that were blowing or what but it was beautiful to watch. It reminded me of diamonds glistening and made me think of the precious gift Jesus is, covering all our ugliness and imperfections. All the cracks, emptiness, spots, leftovers and dead places in our lives. It reminded me of how much I still need Jesus. How much I fall short. And only in Him will I be covered white as snow and be made perfect in His sight. What a great reminder just days before we celebrate the ultimate gift of Jesus. Jesus let is snow, let it snow, let it snow...on me.

10 comments:

Kim said...

Beautiful post. I am also entranced by the snow. Many moons ago we went to Crested Butte (my first real snow) and I was completely in awe of the world encased in snow. Everything changes it's form and is hardly recognizable.

When we moved to VA, we had a good snow that first year and I could not stop taking pictures. A pond lined with trees that I had seen everyday suddenly looked like art.

Merry Christmas Jill!

The Vickerman's said...

Very well said... your thoughts are my thoughts exactly! Love it!

Merry Christmas:)

Beth said...

I love the snow... as long as I don't have to drive in it. My favorite part of snow is having to being at home with my little girls... something I just don't feel like I get to do often enough.

Leslie said...

I read this shortly after posting something very similar. Daughters of the King think alike I think. Love ya!

Jamie @ Purposeful Pursuit said...

Great post, Jill! So true...not only does He cover our ugliness and imperfections, He can make it look beautiful too!

melissa said...

Jill,
I thought the same on the night we had that beautifully sparkly snow...how it glistened, and so beautiful and peaceful! Like you I have said bring it on...I love it. I have been cross country skiing down our road and around our yard a couple times. It reminds me of days gone by in Michigan. You and your family have a wonderful Christmas! God bless you!!

Jeanine said...

What a beautiful snow. We get plenty of it here and I will never look at it quite the same again...I'll look at it your way. Thanks for a great message.
Jeanine

Tricia said...

Great thoughts Jill! I love the perfect look of the snow, until it gets all slushy and dirty, like today!

Carol said...

Great post, so true!

White as snow, white as snow
Though my sins were as scarlet
Lord, I know, Lord, I know
That I'm clean and forgiven

Through the power of Your blood
Through the wonder of Your love
Through faith in You
I know that I can be
White as snow

I am so thankful that The Blood of Jesus can wash even the filthiest of hearts white as snow...

Lori said...

ditto, Jill...
let it snow...

;0)