Though I live in the Northstate . . . where the Coastal, Trinity, and Cascade mountains meet, and only about 50 miles from both Mt. Shasta and Mt. Lassen . . . at 495 feet, snow is not a frequent visitor here. Except for our occasional Snowmageddon events (1-2 feet) once every ten years or so, we are mostly a “one and done” –– “6 inches” –– kind of community.
Though snow, like every other weather pattern, has its dangers and causes problems, it––above all others––has a special image and beauty. It is pristine and connotes peace and purity. And there is something magical about a snow-swept landscape before a single person has walked across it.
Perhaps then it is no surprise that the Bible uses “snow” to show how God can cleanse us from our sins––completely and beyond our expectations:
“Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow” (Isaiah 1:18).
Purify me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow (Psalm 51:7).
But it’s not only that.
My cousin, who lives in Southern California, shared the above photo with the family the other day. It was a wonderful reminder to me. No, it wasn’t the beautiful snow-covered San Bernardino Mountains that captured my attention. It was the dichotomy in the foreground––the juxtaposition of palm trees and snow.
Sometimes we think we have strayed too far, or experienced too much hurt, or _____ (fill in the blank), for God to find us. But that snow next to those palm trees reminded me that we are never out of reach of God’s love, mercy, or forgiveness. He knows exactly where we are and can bless us anywhere. As Romans 8:38-39 reminds us, nothing can separate us from His love.