January 12, 2010

The beginning - then it got dark...

My desk sits beside a bay window overlooking the front yard. When it snowed on Thursday, I was so distracted it was hard to work. It fell so soft and quiet… gently masking everything in an even blanket.  It covered every flaw: no more unsightly stumps or dead leaves. Gnarly branches became unique works of glistening art. The world I knew was gradually transformed into something else.

Snow isn’t like rain. Rain is noisy, violent, sometimes accompanied with earth-shaking thunder and sky-splitting lightening. Snow is a surprise, even in the daytime. Unannounced and uninvited, but strangely welcome.

Maybe that’s why the prophet says, “Come now, let us reason together. Thought your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow” (Is. 1:18). From God’s perspective, my soul is as pure as unblemished snow. Glistening and fresh. Perfect and unmolested. He does the work quietly and doesn’t miss a single flaw. But unlike snow, His work never melts away.


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