Winter Marvels on Snowy Days

Winter Marvels on Snowy Days

Winter Marvels on Snowy Days

Richard Hollerman

The wintertime holds marvels both great and small, and this makes this cold season of the year so special. This year in North America has offered many frigid temperatures and piles of snow. Some parts of the country have been covered with many feet of snow, while others have experienced more manageable snowfalls but much more brutal temperatures.

Although I no longer live in the northern climates, I was raised in the North (Pennsylvania) and can recall one winter that dropped the temperatures to about -23 degrees (minus twenty-three degrees). One winter I traveled further north to Minnesota to visit friends in Saint Paul. It kept getting colder and colder as I drove and I thought that my car heater had broken! As it turned out, it was quite cold and when I stepped outside of the car, I discovered that it was minus 25 degrees!

I seem to have not been physically built for this kind of frigid temperatures. Some people like it and learn how to cope with minus ten, minus twenty, or minus thirty degrees, along with even colder wind chill factors. Where I live presently (in Northern Texas), we regular see the temperatures fall into the thirties and even twenties, but much colder is rare. I did experience minus one degree (-1degree) once but this might have been a weather record.

I have often been made to think of the words of Yahweh God after the great worldwide flood of Noah’s day. He said:

While the earth remains,

Seedtime and harvest,

And cold and heat,

And summer and winter,

And day and night

Shall not cease.

Genesis 8:22).

This reminds us that as much as we may dislike cold weather, still God will send “cold and heat” on the earth, and both “summer and winter” will continue—until the End of history. God will never again destroy the world with water because of its evil, as He did in the Noaic deluge (Genesis 6:5-6). The next worldwide (actually universe wide) destruction will be by fire: “By His [God’s] word the present heavens and earth are being reserved for fire, kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men” (2 Peter 3:7). Read the graphic description of this destruction at 2 Peter 3:8-14.

Winter marvels on snowy Days

It is encouraging to remember that God is aware of our struggles to deal with the cold weather and all that comes with it—dangerous driving, difficulty heating our houses, uncomfortable clothes, or trying to stay comfortable with forbidding weather patterns. He holds the weather in His hands and He can choose to change the weather, according to His wise plans.

Along with the negatives of the snow and the winter months, we should also see the beauty in the winter and snowy including the clothes—and especially with the snow. God in His wisdom and power could have somehow not given us this white “stuff,” but He chose to display His glory in winter as He does all year long.

God asks Job, “Have you entered the storehouses of the snow, or have you seen the storehouses of the hail?” (38:22). While we may not know the full extent of God’s reference here, we can at least say that snow can be a positive thing at times. I have a friend who lives in Fairbanks, Alaska, and he seems to be able to endure the weather there well enough, along with thousands of others.

Winter marvels on Snowy Days

At the time of creation, God said to Adam and Eve, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it” (Genesis 1:28). It would seem that many people in our era are unwilling to obey God’s desires, as reflected in the first words, for they refuse to be “fruitful and multiply.” But when God says to “fill the earth,” I always thought that He was referring to the more moderate places on earth and not the frigid North or South. Further, I realize that at least some scientists believe that before the flood, temperatures were more moderate around the globe, and this would account for the fact that we find fossils of many animals in the freezing temperatures of the far North. However, God also told Noah and his sons to “be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth” (Genesis 9:1). Thus, it would seem that He wants us to have a number of children and wants us to “fill” the earth. At least, this would include the more habitable areas of the earth.

When we see the beauty of the winter, we see God’s wisdom, power, and glory displayed. As Paul put it, “His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse” (Romans 1:20). When we see the snow or other wonders of nature, we see not the marvels of evolution—a lie—but we see the marvels of our Creator and Maker. When people see the wonders of creation, God says that they are “without excuse” if they deny this and devise other explanations for life and existence. God is the Creator and He doesn’t want us to forget this.

If you live in the country or rural areas, probably you have the opportunity to see more of God’s natural marvels than many of us who live in the urban areas. In the country, we see snow as it is found in the fields, in the woodlands, and along the streams and rivers. Even in the city, God’s display of nature’s beauty may also be seen, but it is more clearly revealed away from the populated areas of the nation.

Winter marvels on snowy days

Whether we are speaking of one inch or a dozen inches, God shows the purity of snow. We are reminded that God can wipe our sins away so that we become as clean and pure as the new-fallen snow. As the Lord said, “Though your sins are as scarlet, they will be as white as snow” (Isaiah 1:18a). David cried out to God, in light of his sin, “Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow” (Psalm 51:7b).

Do you think of this fact when you have seen the snow outside? Just as the snow that has fallen is pure and white, so we can be clean and white before the Lord when He cleanses us from sin. Look at the new-fallen snow, before anyone has stepped on it, and you will more readily see the point that God and David had in mind. Let us thank God for this extent of cleansing and the snow that reminds us for this fact.

We must acknowledge the negatives that are associated with snow—the cold temperatures, the dangerous driving, as well as the possibility of falls and broken bones. But let’s also look for the beauty and purity of the fresh snow and the spiritual lessons that it brings to us. In this sense, we can look at the snow as one of God’s helpful object lessons. In this sense, we can thank God for the snow!

 

 

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