Well, this last week, I celebrated another birthday (won’t tell you which one ) with one main wish – a white birthday. I remember when I was five and we just moved to Prosser, WA during a snowstorm this time of the year so I’ve been wishing for one since. I have had brief dustings over the years since I was five but nothing major so I wished very hard as I heard the forecast for the weekend…
Well, on Sunday, the day before my birthday, it lightly snowed and melted away. A little disappointed and then on Tuesday, I woke up to everything covered in white. It was the day after my birthday yet it felt as if it was a belated birthday present even if most of it was gone by noon.
Then, there was a test since we had to drive into Spokane during the storm to a doctor’s appointment. I was worried about a major hill between our town and Spokane on the main freeway. And, we do not have our snow tires on yet – which come on soon since we heard we could get a heavier than normal snowfall this year. So, being brave and hoping for the best, we made our way into town with hardly any problems except a traffic jam as soon as we got off the freeway and then once we cleared that section, it was a smooth ride up to the doctor’s office except for the person walking down the middle of my lane! Yikes! Don’t people know that’s dangerous? Yet, we made it to the doctor’s appointment and then had a smooth drive home afterwards with a few stops along the way.
Yes, I was disappointed when it melted yet I’m told it snows for Thanksgiving around here and then maybe for Christmas. I’m hoping for both since I love snow! I grew up in Eastern/Central Washington so I cherish the moments in snow. At one point, I was a newspaper carrier and remember trampling through snow/forests on the way to customers and relishing the peaceful quietness of those moments before returning to the chaos of home with several siblings. Or, trying to be brave as I tried to walk across the ice covering my grandparents’ lake…oh please, do not crack under my feet! One year, it did with my poor brother who has survived many mishaps and is now the father of three lively boys!
Finally, snow reminds me of what Jesus did for us when He died on the cross. He washed our sins away and made as white as snow when we accepted Him as our personal Savior according to the following verses:
“Come now, and 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 be as wool.”
Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
Though the earthly snow melts away, Jesus will continuously wash us clean from our sins like the snow that covered the land…
What does snow remind you of? Do you like it or are you one of those people who prefer no snow?