First Snow

Saturday, November 20, 2010
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Psalm 51:7 – Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. (NKJV)

I'm sitting in my newly-made, as we now call it, "writing office", which the boys put together for me in a spare room. I think that it was more to get me out of the other home office so that they could have the bigger space. I am, however, quite content sitting at my writing desk with the old lamp placed in the corner to light my way.

As I glance out the window, I'm watching our neighbour's roof change from chocolate brown to snow white. In a matter of minutes, the roof is being transformed with the snow. If I look up towards the sky, though, it is hard to see the snow falling against the white sky. But glancing down towards the roof, the change is very evident. Though I am not a fan of it, there is something to be said for that first snow of the season, for the Lord spoke to me today about it.

I think of my walk as a Christian, having gone through some rough patches in the past few months. As I reflect on how I am being transformed spiritually, some days it is very hard to see at a glance evidence of growth. On other days, I know that I am renewed by a phone call or card that someone sends, which reminds me to keep plodding on, for it is a long-term journey.

We can become discouraged because of our slow spiritual growth, which can be as invisible as snow falling from a white sky, but as we look back over the past five years, for example, we can see that the little spurts of growth, as they accumulate, like the snow on a neighbour's roof, amount to significant advances in our relationship with God.

Prayer: Dear Jesus, thank You for Your redeeming blood. Lord, we want to be whiter than snow. Help us to be holy and pleasing in Your eyes. Then we can go out into the world and spread Your love. In Your name, we pray. Amen.

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