That’s right. I blogged about the snow last year. Will it happen every year? Maybe. When you’re from the Midwest, it’s a big deal. It affects just about everything you do for so many months that you have to think about it and plan for it. So I blog about it as well.
I’ve been thinking a lot about two scriptures from Isaiah 55 recently. Verses 10 and 11 say: “As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”
It seems like I have heard a lot of sermons over the years (even given them) about the rain that God sends. We like the rain. It waters the earth and has immediate effect. We see colors pop up. We see growth. But I don’t know that I’ve ever heard a sermon on the snow.
The snow is similar to rain in these scriptures in that it is a picture of God sending His word to water the earth. But there is a significant difference in the practical application of how it fulfills that watering. You see, there is a time delay before we see the fruit.
Snow comes and comes and comes. It piles on. It will water, but not until the season is right. Until then, it just keeps on coming and sitting there. It does have another function though. Before it melts, it is protecting the grass and plant-life from the cold and wind. It is protective in nature.
So the snow is a picture of God’s word. If this is true, make sure that you don’t get impatient when you don’t see the green grass right away. When the shrubbery isn’t growing visibly.
Has God been sending His Word to you and it just keeps piling on…seemingly without effect? You are trying to make healthy changes in your life….and you hear God saying that He will help you….but it hasn’t taken hold yet…you struggle because you are not yet perfect?
Be patient. Keep listening. God’s Word won’t return to heaven void. It will water you. You will bear fruit. You will show your colors eventually. You will grow. His Word is protecting you now and will water you in just the right season. He is faithful to complete what He begins. Lean on Him. Trust in God. Let your faith be in Him and not in you.
Let it snow!
- Buddy Shuh