Many across the nation have been homebound due to snow. After completing my outside chores, I began contemplating what to do on this particular snow day. I thought about making a snowman, like this one found on Pinterest.
However, since my dog loves romping in the snow so much, she would want to be in the middle of my rolling of snow. I am afraid my snowman would end up more like this. Also found on Pinterest.
The desire to create a snowman continued to tug at me, so I settled on making one near my toasty woodstove. I didn’t get wet or cold, and I don’t have to worry about it melting or being toppled over by my rambunctious dog.
With frigid temperatures, wind whipping to and fro, snow began swirling in my mind. In this swirl came the curiosity to do a Bible scavenger hunt. Have you ever done a Bible scavenger hunt? This particular hunt was to find all the times “snow” is mentioned in the Bible. As I searched and read, I discovered snow/snows/snowy is used literally, figuratively and comparatively.
Two identical verses are examples of literal word use. In 2 Samuel and 1 Chronicles, I read about a man named Benaiah who was a mighty and powerful man; he was a valiant fighter. Not only did he strike down some of King David’s biggest enemies, “…He also went down into a pit on a snowy day and killed a lion.” (2 Sam 23:20, 1 Chron 11:22)
In the book of Job, snow is mentioned several times. In chapter 6, Job uses “snow” to help describe the lack of devotion from his friends. “But my brothers are as undependable as intermittent streams, as the streams that overflow when darkened by thawing ice and swollen with melting snow, but that cease to flow in the dry season and in the heat vanish from their channels.” Job 6:16-17 Later in the book, in describing God’s power and majesty, snow is referenced.
God’s voice thunders in marvelous ways; he does great things beyond our understanding. He says to the snow, ‘Fall on the earth.’ and to the rain shower, ‘Be a mighty downpour’. Job 37:5-7
This week, God has definitely said to the snow, “Fall on the Earth!”
When used comparatively, the color of snow is mentioned. Last night when the wind was blowing, some areas were reported to have whiteouts. For my readers in the tropics, this is when the snow is blowing and swirling so much that all you can see is white, hence the term whiteout. Today, the snow is a thick blanket of fluffy white, and the sunlight reflects brightly making my view look blindingly clean and untarnished. I especially like the verses that refer to God cleansing and making one whiter than snow.
Isaiah 1:18 “‘Come now, let us reason together,’ says the Lord. ‘Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow.’
David understood this. When he finally faced and admitted his sin, he poured his heart out to God.
“Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow….Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” Psalm 51:7,10
Do you have sin muddying up your life? When was the last time you ask God to wash you and make you whiter than snow? Repent, talk to God about it. He will forgive you, and turn those scarlet sins white as snow.
Leave me a comment; what do you do on a snow day?