A Theology of Snow
This post was written by Mel Lawrenz
As I sit by the fireplace with the wind outside howling and blurry flashes of snow outside the window cutting one way and then the other, I am comforted by one thought. My friends in Chicago are getting hit harder than we are here in Wisconsin. (Just joking, Chicago friends. You have suffered enough.)
I can’t wait to see what the landscape looks like at morning’s light. In preparation, I went looking for a theology of snow in Scripture. Sure enough, there is one.
1. Snow reminds us of the awesomeness of God’s creation and of God’s sovereignty.
“God thunders wondrously with his voice; he does great things that we cannot comprehend. For to the snow he says, ‘Fall on the earth,’ likewise to the downpour, his mighty downpour…. By the breath of God ice is given, and the broad waters are frozen fast” (Job 37:5-6, 10).
2. Snow, its pure, blinding form, is a symbol of the glory of God.
“The Ancient of Days took his seat; his clothing was white as snow, and the hair of his head like pure wool” (a vision of God; Daniel 7:9).
“His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow” (the angel at the empty tomb; Matthew 28:3)
“The hairs of his head were white, like white wool, like snow. His eyes were like a flame of fire, his feet were like burnished bronze, refined in a furnace, and his voice was like the roar of many waters” (the vision of Jesus; Revelation 1:14-15)
3. Snow in its perfect whiteness, is a symbol of the purity that comes from the incontestable forgiveness of God.
“Though your sins are as scarlet, they shall be white as snow” (Isaiah 1:18).
Nothing trivial here. The natural world is a lesson book of life which God has written. So those of us among the tens of millions of Americans getting hit by this massive storm can take a moment to look around and reflect tomorrow before getting the shovel out. It will be a whole new world. And those of you reading this who live in the Caribbean–you don’t know what you’re missing!
This entry was posted on Tuesday, February 1st, 2011 at 10:37 pm and is filed under Real Life.
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