This past Thursday, a record breaking 11 inches of snow covered the city of Dallas. Having lived in the South for several years now, it was the first major snow storm I had witnessed in a long time.  The excitement around the city was palpable. You would have thought that  Friday morning was Christmas all over again. Schools were closed, businesses shut down, people were parking their cars on the sides of once busy intersections now deserted, taking pictures and admiring the magic of pure white in every direction! Even reclusive neighbors we had not seen in months could be found building snowmen in their front yards and waving to every passerby. It was wonderful!!

Unfortunately, I had to be at work early that Friday morning and by the time I got out of the hospital, the snow had already started to melt. Dark blemishes of mud were resurfacing and the snowmen built just hours before were already beginning to topple. I felt sad!

I found comfort, though, in several truths which were hit home to me through that experience:

1. We all long for purity. King David used the beauty of snow as a metaphor for purity. He prayed and asked God to wash him and make him whiter than snow! (Psalm 51) I think most of us desire the same today. We see the ugly side of our lives and wish that we had something to cover it up, make it invisible to the rest of the world. Then we could escape our reclusion and enjoy life with others unhindered.

2.    No natural coverings ever last. As much as we long for purity, there is nothing we can do in and of ourselves to cover up forever. Sooner or later, those muddy patches will resurface and the shame will return. Those beautiful snowmen and women that we create to represent us will eventually melt away. We will have to pick up the trappings with which we  adorned ourselves and admit that it was all a farce. No one likes to do that, but there is hope!

3. The cure is supernatural! For purity that is lasting, we need a supernatural cleansing. We need to be covered not in white, but in red. “What can wash away my sin? Nothing but the blood of Jesus…Oh, precious is the flow that makes me white as snow.” If we confess our sin, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sin and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9) No matter what impurities surface in our lives, the blood of Christ covers all! We no longer need to be ashamed or hide from others. We can open up the front door, step into the sunshine, and let the snow melt away,  knowing that what’s underneath is just as beautiful!!

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