Saturday morning I woke up to find a huge dump of snow in my front yard and neighbourhood and although I was slightly disappointed (as I thought we were past all the snow this winter) I secretly thought to myself “ahhh – how lovely”. It is now Monday and it is still snowing and apart from driving in it and around all the other people – I’d be happy if it stayed.
Have you ever thought to yourself why it is that when it snows everything is so much more peaceful? Beautiful?Traffic doesn’t seem to have quite the same buzz, ditches don’t look so filthy and full of garbage and blankets, even the ones with holes seem to feel so much more cozy.
Yes. There’s something about winter that has the ability to transport you back to into a place of solace. A place where, if only for a moment, time can stand still. Where nothing really matters as much as it does and how the intricate snowflakes somehow hypnotize your mind to go to that happy place we so rarely seem to stay in.
What I’ve asked myself is maybe it’s not just winter. Maybe it’s not just the cold or deafening sounds. Maybe it’s the white factor. The colour white (which isn’t really a colour, it’s a shade) is universally represented as pure. Something clean, untouched, good, righteous, love and so on and so forth. If we take and substitute the snow as a form or purity that covers our surroundings, if only for a moment everything seems right with the world. If we blanket our misgivings, mistakes, un-satisfying jobs, negative bank accounts, broken relationships and our disease riddled bodies in the purest of pure, the whitest of whites what do we get? Peace. Purity in our minds and righteousness in our souls. Isaiah 1:18 makes it even more interesting by saying:
“Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool. (NIV version)
When God said this he was talking about his rebellious nation, the Israelites. Time and time again they served him and then rebuked him over and over again, for many years. All God was saying is that if they recognized him as their God and turned from their wicked ways He would reward them with many great things such as peace, love, acceptance, forgiveness, self-worth and so much more. His ultimate reward being eternal life in a world with no pain or suffering. And though it may not always be immediate we must remember that nothing in this world is, so why do sometimes think his rewards or answer to prayers should come in their time frame and not his? Everything does happen for a reason and if we get the chance to live long enough, we see it come full circle. Always. This makes me wonder though, if all it takes is my acceptance of God to eventually feel peace, purity and love (the blanket of white) then why wouldn’t I want it?
Lord knows I’m the farthest thing from perfect but he gives me strength and hope to keep working on it daily. And if only for a moment here and there – all can be white with the world.