This morning we woke up to the ground covered in a beautiful blanket of snow. While it is a lovely sight, the weather conditions up and down the East Coast are quite dangerous. We are all familiar with meteorological terminology, words such as arctic blast, hurricane, cold front, polar vortex, low pressure, etc. But this week, the term used to describe the weather is one that raised a lot of eyebrows – bomb cyclone. So just what is a winter bomb cyclone? Generally speaking, it is a powerful low pressure system that rapidly intensifies. You probably know that a cyclone is an area of low pressure around which winds blow counterclockwise in the Northern Hemisphere. The bomb part of the name refers to the phenomenon when the pressure inside a storm cell falls so quickly that it gives the storm explosive and dangerous strength.
So while the snow that has blanketed much of the east coast makes for a beautiful sight, and brings smiles to kids as they hear their school is closed, this storm is bringing dangerously cold temperatures along with damaging winds. An untouched snow covered landscape can be described as serene and pristine, offering a sense of peacefulness.
You have likely heard the phrase “white as snow.” This conjures up an image of pure white. What better describes whiteness than snow? Not only the intensity of the snow’s color on a bright winter’s day, but also the purity of untrodden snow. In Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale Autolycus sings “lawn as white as driven snow.”
Scripture tells us that every man, woman, and child is a sinner, falling short of the glory of God (Rom. 3:23). We also know from Scripture that it is the blood of Jesus that cleanses us from our sin (1 John 1:7). In the Old Testament blood symbolizes the atonement of sin, the sacrificial cleansing that comes from the shedding of blood. And it is the blood of Jesus on the cross that cleanses us when we repent and turn from our sin.
The word we often see used for this cleansing is snow. When we turn from our sins we are made white as snow. Here is what we read in Isaiah 1:8 – “Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.”
So today, will you humble yourself and ask God to forgive you of your sins? When you do, you become in His eyes white as snow; like pure white untrodden snow, beautiful beyond all imaginable beauty.
New Bern, North Carolina