I grew up in a small city which sits on the border of South Carolina and Georgia, with the Savannah River separating the two. Each winter we would usually get some sleet and a little spit of snow in the mix.
But once in a while, we would get real snow. You know where it accumulates on the ground, and you can build a snowman or a stockpile of snowballs!
One of my favorite things about this snow was that we were able to put a bowl out and collect the powdery flakes to make snow cream!
Why is everything a kid does always about patience?
Anyway, we had to wait, until the snow finished cleaning the air, to put a bowl outside. When the right amount of time had finally passed and a ginormous (by kid’s measurement standards) amount of snow had fallen, we were finally allowed to put a bowl out.
Now, whether “snow cleaning the air” was an old wives’ tale or not, I believed. Because it sounded logical, and my mother was from Johnson City, Tennessee, where they acquired plenty of snow. So, she would know.
I often thought, at the beginning of a snowfall, about the intricate design of the snowflake. Perfectly woven with the ability to trap the polluted air molecules. And noticed that after it had been snowing for a while, the air did have a clean, crispness each time you inhaled. Yes, the first moments of a snowfall had a definite purpose and that was to clean the air!
So this could only mean one thing to a child who loves snow…MORE SNOW! Because if you take an honest look at the way we continually pollute our world, there is only one conclusion…MORE SNOW!
Today, my perspective is a little different. The snow reminds me of the way God can clean up our messy, polluted lives with His snow-white love for us.
Still, I wish I could go out and stand naked in the snow, allowing each holy and pure flake take away my sins, my fears, and my failings! While, inhaling the intoxicating, the pure, crisp lung enticing air.
Unfortunately instead of white and light, I would end up frozen and blue. So, rather than becoming a human popsicle or waiting for the right air temperature and moisture levels, I find it easier to get on my knees.
And surrender to God, who will make me…HOLY, PURE, AND CLEAN. As my spirit inhales the immaculate crispness of forgiveness, a rejuvenation begins within my internal self. God is meticulously preparing me for my eternal life. Something a Plastic Surgeon can never do.
In Hebrews 10:10 we are told: “For God’s will was for us to be made holy by the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ, once for all time.”
God wants us to be holy, and He knows we are bombarded every day with the pollution from this world. It comes through our tv, computers, phones, tablets, and printed media, not just human interaction any more. So, God provides us with the perfect, all cleansing snowflake…JESUS CHRIST! Every day, all day, all-the-time. No electricity or satellite hook up required.
The only requirement is wanting Him.
Don’t wait for a snowfall to be reminded of God’s forgiveness. Accept it every day and rejuvenate your life!
Heavenly Father: We need you in our messy lives and our polluted world. Like the beautiful delicate snowflake wafting through the air, we need You to flow through our bodies washing away the impurities and leaving us HOLY, PURE, CLEAN, AND SPIRIT FILLED. Take away those daily, mindless distractions which keep us focused and craving worldly aspirations. rejuvenate us for our eternal life with You.
in Jesus name, Amen.