I love hiking. Just being in the woods is so serene. You hear so many things in the quietness. The main thing I hear is God. His voice just seems so much more clear when there’s not so many distractions to drown Him out.
As much as I love hiking, I especially love to hike in the snow. There’s nothing like a winter day where the air is so clean that just breathing it in seems to cleanse your insides. The snow is so white that everything looks perfect. It’s like a postcard! Except for the trail, everything is pretty much untouched. It’s a masterpiece that God Himself lets us marvel at.
I was recently hiking in fresh snow when God reminded me that how I look at the pure snow is how He sees His children. Wow! It’s beautiful and so clean. All of the roots, rocks and mud are blanketed by this beautiful covering of pure snow. You don’t see any of the flaws – only perfection!
Isaiah 1:18 (NLT) says, “though your sins are like scarlet, I will make them as white as snow.” What a promise from the Lord. He’s saying, I know they’re a mess, but I’ve got the power to overlook their shortcomings. He nailed our sins to a wooden cross and actually shed His blood to give us a spotless covering. Because of the blood of Jesus, we can stand before the throne of God as pure as spotless snow.
Isaiah 61 tells us, “For He has clothed me with garments of salvation. He has wrapped me with a robe of righteousness.” This has absolutely nothing to do with our poor performance. It has everything to do with what He did. God chooses to see us under the perfect covering of Jesus. I don’t know about you, but that gets me excited! I don’t have to win this battle called life. Jesus has already won it for me. As if that wasn’t enough, He gave me the prize. I stand before God like pure snow. There’s not a stain in sight. God has literally chosen not to remember them. He has cast my sins as far as the east is from the west. What a Savior!
The next time you’re fortunate enough to be in fresh fallen snow, remember this. Take a long look at the beauty of the pureness and be encouraged that this is how you look to Almighty God. Even when you mess up, and you will, just know that the Lord sees you “As White as Snow”.
Today’s writer is Brandi Crowe. A hairdresser for over 25 years, she is currently the owner of Brandi Crowe salon in Buford, GA. She loves hiking, a good cup of coffee and spending time with family and friends. Brandi lives in a custom farmhouse with her husband, Robby and cat, Harold.