The Lord‘s unfailing love and mercy still continue,
Fresh as the morning, as sure as the sunrise.
The Lord is all I have, and so in him I put my hope. Lamentations 3:22-24 GNT
Yesterday morning when I walked into the kitchen and looked out the deck door and saw it snowing, again, something strange rose up inside of me. Instead of like the other day when I chuckled and thought, “my new daily exercise, shoveling”, I thought of the mercies of the Lord. Maybe it was because the day before as I stood in the sun and looked at the driveway, I said, “Lord I can see the driveway and at some places grass, now we’re being told it will all be covered with snow again.” I then prayed that the weather forecasters would be as wrong with this one as the last three, when we didn’t get near what they were calling for. But whatever the initiator it was stirring inside of me the insulating quiet beauty of snow. The covering of all that is rough and dirty giving it a softer, cleaner look.
I though of today’s passage and when I saw The Good News Translation, it too was so simply beautiful, and drove home what I was feeling inside. I was reminded that a few days ago I learned snow in the Bible meant mercy. And when we think about God’s unconditional love, how can we not see His mercy. Mercy, not getting what punishment we deserve, because our sins have been covered by the sacrifice of Jesus. That love and mercy, shows up every morning, we can count on it, just as sure as we know the sun rises again. What comfort to have that security and assured hope in a time when so many things we have built our lives on are being undermined and destroyed. But when all else comes crashing down or is washed away, we have Jesus. He never leaves us or turns His heart away from those who have asked and received His saving grace.
So next time it snows, instead of it being irritated at this point, consider that every snowflake is a drop of mercy that God has sent to remind us our sins are covered, cleansed and to be remembered no more. God isn’t done showing His mercy and grace, so how important is it for us to show them to one another during this difficult time.