Welcome Snow

Snow is not aways welcome.  I enjoy it when I am home; but when I was at Myrtle beach a few years ago to walk on the sand and enjoy some sunshine and the first snow in 20 years showed up, it was not welcome.  And when I visited Worms Head in Wales, one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, the unseasonal snow and sleet that forced us inside was not welcome.  

We had an unseasonably deep snow in Brownsville, Tennessee when I was in grade school.  I loved it.  We were out of school for at least two weeks and that started the day we were to go back after the Christmas break.  I liked it; but I am sure Dad didn’t.  The roof of the carport would have fallen except that he stood up two by fours to keep it standing.  It drooped and bent and leaked when the snow melted.  It was unwelcome.  

Israel is one of those places where it can rain and snow at the same time.  Mount Hermon is snow caped.  When the Israelites in biblical times looked at the snow they saw something other than inconvenience.  They saw seeds.  In those days if the rains did not come and the streams were not rich with runoff from the snow caps, crops would fail and food would be sparse.  The worst was that there would no seeds for the next season and this would mean famine.  Snow was welcome.

“For just as rain and snow fall from heaven and do not return there without saturating the earth and making it germinate and sprout, and providing seed to sow and food to eat, so my word that comes from my mouth will not return to me empty, but it will accomplish what I please and will prosper in what I send it to do.” Isaiah 55:10-11 CSB

God keeps his word and he has all the necessary resources to do that.  His word is reliable.  Rain will wet the soil and replenish the water table.   Snow will soak the ground with the moisture that is necessary for life.  You can rely on that.  

In the same way, the Word of God supplies and nourishes a healthy heart and soul for all the days we live.  You can take the promises in the Bible as a reliable source for the wisdom necessary for you to flourish.  Welcome these words.  Seek them like silver and search for them like hidden treasure (Proverbs 2:4); for the words of God are more beautiful than snow.  “Get wisdom — how much better it is than gold! And get understanding — it is preferable to silver” (Proverbs 16:16).  The words in the Bible are beautiful.  Their beauty brings delight.  They are delightful as the first snow fall that covers the ground.  They are as delightful as the following spring green grass and yellow flowers.  Welcome them into your home, into your schedule, and into your heart.  It will nourish you with peace and joy through all the seasons of life.

“Wisdom is supreme — so get wisdom. And whatever else you get, get understanding. Cherish her, and she will exalt you; if you embrace her, she will honor you. She will place a garland of favor on your head; she will give you a crown of beauty.” Proverbs 4:7-9 

Stephen Williams

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