Wednesday, January 28, 2009

for snow!

As I was driving into town today for my reflexology appointment, I couldn't help but notice the mounds and mounds of snow still on the sides of the road. We had A LOT of snow in December, but a warm Chinook came through and melted most of it away.

The plowed piles struck me. They are filthy. Some of them you could mistake for a pile of gravel - if you didn't know what was underneath.

When the snow fell - it was gorgeous! Incredibly white - and sparkly! In between storms, when the sun would peek through - the snow looked like a jeweler's case filled with diamonds. What a beautiful gift from the Father!!! I LOVED it!

This sort of struck of me. We are given the gift of life. If our parents do not 'train us up in the way we should go' we will accumulate so much sin, that goes unforgiven, that pretty soon we resemble the piles of 'snow gravel'. Now, I know, I know - we are all born sinners. A babe is no more innocent than a full-grown adult. However, our sins can move us further and further away from the Lord. I know. I was one of those gravel snow piles. Until He came in and washed me, you got it, white as snow! Now, I sparkle like the diamond snow - because of the blood of Christ Jesus.

I have been thinking a lot about parenting lately. You'd think, with an 18 year-old, I would have figured it out by now...but every day I learn something new. I have learned in the last 9 years how very important it is to teach our children, what I like to call, the 'secret to life' which can be found in 1 Corinthians 10:31. Do you know it? I didn't learn it until I was in my 30s. I was not taught it by my parents, nor was it shared with me by friends.

Now that I know it - I want my kids to know it. I want them to embrace it. I want them to know what it is like to be diamond snow. They will have their gravel snow moments - I know I still do - but I want them to sparkle because of the Lord, with the Lord, and for the Lord.

It's amazing the thoughts the Lord will give you, while driving to a reflexology appointment, down the road to town, in less than a mile.


Audrey said...

Well, I have to admit that I was excited when I saw the title of this one because I wanted to see the pictures of the snow (we just don't get to see it that often here in South Alabama). As I perused the page, I got disappointed because...there are no photos! But, then I got excited again because of the testimony it contains. What a wonderful God we worship! This is a terrific post and I was amazed at the depth of emotion that sprang up in my heart as I read through the, almost final paragraph. Concerning the final paragraph - I'm so thankful you listened to Him during that mile!