In another instance, it would have been beautiful. On Tuesday we took 2 of our grandsons to the Pennsylvania Farm Show. Pulling them in a red wagon, we navigated past piles to see the cows, pet the alpacas, laugh at the ducks sliding down a ramp. We stuffed ourselves with nutritious black holes like french fries (yummm!) and chicken nuggets. After the horse pulling contests we headed for the parking lot. It was dark and the snow was falling. Beautiful.
Except that we had 60 miles to drive. Without salt, the roads were treacherous. As we gingerly navigated Rt. 283 we passed three different cars littering the median and ditches like so much thrown away rubbish. The snow continued to fall.
We dropped off the boys and went home. After fixing some food we turned on the outside lights and watched the heavy flakes piling up on our patio and pergola. Now it was beautiful. The next morning we awoke to 7 inches coating everything. It was fluffy, yet heavy enough to collect on the evergreens and overhead wires. The sun peaking over the neighbor’s house dappled some of the white with rainbows. In awe I snapped some pictures before grabbing the shovel.
Beautiful. White. No dirt yet, just pristine snow, blindingly white.
I am a sinner. No one knows it better than me. I’m a veteran at sinning and at being forgiven. I will never get this right. True, as the Spirit has sanctified me, I sin less, and especially the sin habits have loosened their grip. I am on a war footing with sin rather than making peace with it. But I will go to my grave and my final interview, speckled with sin. If we say we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and refusing to accept the truth (1 John 1:8, NLT). Unlike the virgin snow, my heart and life looks like snow after it’s been driven on, spit on, mixed with mud, and belched on by exhaust pipes.
Yet by the blood of Jesus Christ–at that final interview, my robe will be as white as virgin snow. God will not see me as I really am; but as His Son really is. God once said, No matter how deep the stain of yours is, I can remove it. I can make you as clean as freshly fallen snow (Isaiah 1:18, NLT). Oh glorious thought! Unbelievable grace! Merciful Savior! They washed their robes in the blood of the Lamb and made them white (Revelation 7:14, NLT).
Today the snow’s not so white anymore. But the robe Jesus bought me, is. (Yea!! Easter’s a’coming!)