White As Snow

by Justin Morton

What a wild, cold and snow-packed week we have had. Last Sunday I mentioned that I would believe the reports that we were getting 3 to 6 inches of snow when I saw it. Like many of you, I have grown accustom to anticipating snow only to end up being utterly disappointed. Well, this week has been quite different than years past! On Monday morning, one of our dear sisters texted me and said “Are you a believer now?” 

As I sit here and write this article, I am able to look out the window and see the ground completely covered with snow. At our house we measured just under 6 inches of snow on Monday afternoon. That is the most snow we have seen at one time in several years.

Snow is a funny thing. When we are kids, we love the snow. Snow means snowball fights, snowmen, snow angels and hopefully snow days. However, as we get older the thrill of the snow seems to lessen. For adults, snow just means slick roads, colder temperatures, extra work like scraping snow off the windshields of our cars and remembering to keep our sinks dripping. And many of us still have our day job to do even when it snows.

The word snow is used almost 25x in the Bible. While it is used in a few different ways, one of the ways it is used is in reference to our sins being covered. For example, after David’s sin with Bathsheba, he prayed to God and pleaded with him to, “Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow” (Psa. 51:7).  Later, the prophet Isaiah would say, “Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be white as snow…” (Isa. 1:18).

While we may have mixed feelings about the snow, its presence produces a great reminder for those of us who have been washed by the priceless blood of Jesus Christ. Every time we look out and see that beautiful white powder covering the ground around us, may we be reminded that our sins have been covered by the precious blood of Jesus so we can stand before our Lord pure and white as snow.