Faith: Snow Day Reflections

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“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

                                                            Psalm 46:10Ashley Sams

When it comes to snow, Lorelei Gilmore of Gilmore Girls and I are one and the same. There is nothing I love more than a snowy winter morning. Glimmering icicles, delicate snowflakes, blankets of white, fluffy snow; I truly believe snowfall is a glimpse into the majesty of what Heaven will be like. Two weeks ago here in Tennessee, we had our first snowfall of the season- and our biggest snow in over 10 years. There is just something so peaceful, so tranquil about the snow. Silently, softly falling to the ground as if to block out all the noises of the world.

 

Snow is such a simple thing; yet, it is a subtle reminder of the greatest gift of all. Let’s face it, life is messy. Each and every day we fall short and we mess up, yet God gives us grace. When Jesus died on the cross, he shed his blood for us. He sacrificed his life to save us all, and because of this, our scarlet sins are washed white as snow. Although we are imperfect people, we have been made pure and Holy through Jesus Christ. So when I look out the window and see all of the dirt and the weeds of the Earth covered in blanket of pure white snow, it is a reminder of God’s great love for us.

 

untitledSnow is also a reminder that we need to slow down.  Often when it snows, the world seems to stop. The roads are iced over, schools close down, and we are often forced to stay home. As humans, we tend to overcomplicate things. We fill our to-do lists to the max, and are constantly running from one thing to the next. However, I don’t believe that is how God intended life to be. When life is overwhelming and complicated, something as simple as snow can be a quiet reminder to take time to stop and smell the roses (or snowflakes?).  It is in the moments that we are fully present in the Lord that we can fully see the beauty and blessings of everyday life. It’s the simple things, like a quiet snowfall on a wintry morn where God reveals his abounding love for us.

 

Only through grace,

Ashley

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