Snow along the Whiteoak Canyon trail in Shenandoah National Park.
I like snow. It's kind of weird because I don't like the cold. A lot of people don't care for the stuff, and I can understand. It messes up schedules, makes roads dangerous, gets dirty and slushy, and well, it's cold.
In thinking about it, part of what I enjoy about it is because it's change. Don't get me wrong, I'm not a fan of change, negative change anyway.
But snow can be a positive change, namely its beauty.
I don't think anyone can argue with the beautiful change snow makes on a landscape. Not to mention the stillness in the air, outside of chirping birds enjoying the weather. At least they seem to be enjoying it.
Today it's caused me to think on James 1:17.
"Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow." James 1:17
It's interesting because I actually read Psalm 2 and then decided to check out the passage in James. Why's that interesting? In further reading, I came across Malachi 3:6.
"For I, the LORD, do not change; therefore you, O sons of Jacob, are not consumed." Malachi 3:6
Here we've seen two passages where we see the immutable character of God. He does not change. In Malachi we see that Gods unchanging character is a grace. He is faithful to His promise to His people, and He is faithful to His plan. Yet in both contexts we see the sinfulness of man. In James 1:13-16 we're warned of temptation and it's cause. In Malachi we see a stiff-necked people compared to the unchanging nature of a holy God.
Going back to Psalm 2 we see the nations throwing their fists up at God in rebellion. This isn't new. I guess in that respect people don't change. But in contrast we see the sovereignty of God. We see reference to the Messiah. We see God is faithful. He does not change.
Weather changes, societies change (ugh), people change, but God does not. And on top of that we see in James that every good thing given and every perfect gift comes from Him. Is snow one of those gifts? I'm not sure, I believe it's a gift. But I do know that salvation is. By it our sins are washed by the blood of Jesus Christ, making us white as snow. Have you repented and placed your faith in Jesus?
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by: Jeremey Voit
Jeremey is a photographer based in the Mid-Atlantic U.S. He loves travel, nature, and experiencing and sharing the beauty of God's creation.