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The Godly snow on our landscapes

by Frank King

 

There’s nothing like a blanket of fresh snow to get the nature photographer in me excited.

That snow creates endless picture opportunities because it covers up all manner of unappealing features (a majority of them man-made, I’ve found) that ruin otherwise good photo subjects. Covered with snow, they disappear and landscapes are transformed into smooth, white wonders that dazzle even the most cynical, unartistic eye.

I’ve come to realize this reality is also a metaphor for our lives. My less appealing characteristics – pride, jealousy, selfishness, lack of communication – are like ugly piles of smelly garbage on a pristine landscape.

So what is the ‘snow’ that covers them up? It’s nothing you or I can provide, no matter how long and hard we try. But consider Isaiah 1:18:Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool(ESV).

That’s a pretty important statement because it tells me God can undo everything I’ve done to ruin the landscape of my life.

He has a standing offer to transform the ugly stuff – the bad things we’ve done and the good things we’ve failed to do – through Jesus Christ.

Jesus paid the price to have sinful parts of our lives removed from God’s sight through His death and resurrection. He’s the snow that transforms our landscapes and God offers Him to every person on this planet.

Want evidence? Then consider 1 Timothy 2:5-6:There is one God and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all.

This is vital stuff because God knows us better than we know ourselves. And He has thousands of years of evidence that make this truth crystal clear: human beings can’t fix things on our own.

So, how is your landscape looking today? I’ll bet it needs some cleaning up and I’ll bet you haven’t been able to do that. I’ve tried with my life and you’ve probably tried with yours and we’ve seen the underwhelming results.

So, if you’re not a Christian, is it time you checked out God’s offer to do it for you? And if you’re a Christ-follower, is it time to renew your commitment to letting God clean up your landscape?

The views expressed by Frank King are his own and do not reflect on his role as manager of media relations for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association of Canada and Samaritan’s Purse Canada.

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