There is something intensely beautiful about a snow-covered scene—the fresh, white covering dirt, debris, cracks and all sorts of imperfections. It’s a picture of how God sees us when we have allowed the sacrifice of Christ to cover us and make us clean.
But think about how much effort goes into making sure we can get around town through shoveling and plowing. We take beautiful snow, push it aside, and get down to some pretty rough stuff in order to go about the business of living.
How often, as Christians, do we fail to help people get about the business of living by staying snow covered, by not disclosing the warped, cracked, rough places in our lives? We would much rather stay covered up—all pretty and pure and sparkly—and remain trapped inside our homes, businesses, and churches than be red-faced with exertion as we shovel down so the rubber of life can meet the road.
I’m not suggesting we need to make public everything in our lives, but we do need to clear a path so we can get outside and others can get to us safely.
Because what kind of people do we become when we are not willing to uncover some of our ugliness? In his book What’s so Amazing about Grace?, Phillip Yancey wrote, “I rejected the church for a time because I found so little grace there. I returned because I found grace nowhere else.” People willing to admit their own sin do not despise other sinners.
So, revel in the beauty of the snow, just be sure to shovel enough of it away to clear a path for those needing to find a way to grace.
Becca Whitham (pronounced “WIT-um”) is a new author whose love of reading goes back to the days of hiding under the covers with a flashlight and a novel. Her husband’s midlife crisis sent them into the army where he serves as a chaplain. Together, they minister to couples in trouble. Her passion is to see all marriages thrive through a clear understanding of Biblical principles. She is active in the ACFW both locally and nationally, won the first Pikes Peak Writers Contest, and was a 2012 Genesis Finalist in the Historical Romance category. Her first published work, “Waiting on a Promise,” is part of The Homestead Brides Collection (Barbour, February 2015). She and her husband are empty-nesters who currently live in Oklahoma, but home is wherever the army sends them. She can be reached through her blog at becca-expressions.blogspot.com.