For the past few days we have been witnesses of some of God's beautiful handiwork. I call it GOD's handiwork because handiwork means work done personally by the hands, and no one I know or have ever known can create such beautiful scenery as we have had the past week or so.
No, I'm not crazy. I said it was beautiful scenery, but I don't like really cold weather and hazardous road conditions etc; but I guess the way a person looks at something makes a difference. In fact, I'm sure it does.
The 1st few days of the snow I didn't really think too much of it except in a negative way, but one day as I looked out at the snow, with the sun shining on it, it was so bright, almost blinding. Then I stepped back into the house and even with the lights on it seemed dim. Then I thought of what God's Word says in isa. 1:18. "Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool."
According to footnotes in my Bible, scarlet and crimson are both glaring (dazzling bright) and colorfast. Those who do not know Jesus as Lord and Savior think their lives are happy and bright with the joy of life, but really they are like the dimness of my living room after seeing the beauty and brightness of the snow. Why do I say that? Because when one gives their heart and life to God things change, your life changes. I know this from experience.
"Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature; old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." 2 Cor 5:17
You now have true joy, the peace of God that passeth all understanding, (Phil 4:7) forgiveness of sins, ALL THINGS CHANGE!
It's like stepping out of darkness into light! In fact 1 Peter 2:9 states that those who serve God are "a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; (people possessed by God, God's own people) and that we should show forth the praises of Him who has called us out of darkness (darkness of sin) into His marvelous light."
And believe me, when you give your heart and life to God; when He abides in you and you abide in Him, it will bring forth praises to His name!
Friend, if you don't know Christ as your savior, if He doesn't live in your heart, let Him come in and shine His marvelous light upon your heart and soul. Then you can say as the Psalmist did in Ps 27:1 "The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?"
As I said before, no, I'm not crazy in saying all this snow is beautiful, and I definitely do not like being snowed in for several days but I do praise God and thank Him for the snow and the fact it made me think of His goodness to each of us, and for helping me to remember where He brought me from and reminding me of His grace, love, mercy and long-suffering. Yes He changed my life, but He gave me a new one that is so very, very much better and happier.
He will do the same for you. There are two songs I thought of as I was writing this. One says "I never lived until I lived for Jesus." The other states "I just began to live, I just began to live, when God's amazing grace came in, I just began to live. Old things have passed away, I have a brighter day. My name's recorded up above, I just began to live."
Praise His holy name!
Jessie Lee Harris