White as Snow
by Joy Martin, Set Me Free Ministries Co-founder
Winter in Nebraska is a weird thing. Well, actually, weather in Nebraska is a weird thing. Anyone who's lived in Nebraska for any amount of time will tell you that the weather can change from hour to hour—quite literally.
Take last week, for example, looking back at Weather.com, I can see that on Monday, December 2, we had a high of 65 degrees. It was December, and I was running around town with no coat on. And it was amazing. But just three days later, a cold front hit that sent temperatures plunging. By Thursday, the high was only 17 degrees. In fact, in Lincoln, we dropped nearly 20 degrees overnight between Wednesday’s high and Thursday’s high. Sadly, the temps have not climbed back to last week’s spring-like glory, and it’s just been cold, cold, cold. And dreary. Yes, I’ll add dreary to my ramblings about the cold.
And yet, I can’t really complain too much. You see, winter is an odd season. On the one hand, winter in Nebraska is cold and often bleak. When I look around, I see bare trees, brown grass, and grey skies. Stepping outside can mean being hit with a gust of icy wind that cuts like a knife and leaves me gasping for breath. And, yet, it’s also a season to celebrate. Winter means holiday celebrations with my family. It means spending quality time with the ones I love most, decorating the Christmas tree, sipping hot chocolate, cuddling by the fireplace, and celebrating the birth of Jesus.
As I made my way downstairs this morning, I was greeted by a glimpse of something beautiful out our front window. While we slept, we received the first real snowfall of the year. As I looked out, I saw everything covered in a blanket of bright, white snow. For a moment, before I let the thoughts of icy roads and winter driving creep in, the beauty of it took my breath away. What was dreary and dark yesterday now looked clean and bright.
In that moment, I was reminded that through the grace of God, the same can be true for us. We’re told in Isaiah 1:18: “Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They shall be as wool.”
And in John 5:24, Jesus says, “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.”
And as taken aback as I was by that beautiful reminder, I am struck with another amazing realization as I write on this beautiful winter morning. Yes, it’s a no-brainer to say that in Nebraska, there is nothing predictable about the weather. It often changes so quickly it’s hard to know what to expect. And, really, when you think about it, our world in general is like that. Things are constantly changing—technology is ever-changing, situations often change without notice, even people can change before our eyes.
But in this world that is constantly shifting, even though we are surrounded by things that change from day to day and moment to moment, there is one thing that never changes.
We’re reminded in both the Old and New Testament that God remains the same. He is the One who remains constant.
“For I am the Lord, I do not change;” (Malachi 3:6)
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8)
Whatever the weather outside, whatever the season of life, whatever the world around, you can rest assured that God is steadfast. He is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. And His desire is to wash you white as snow.