Monday, November 17, 2014

The First Snow

"Like the coolness of snow at harvest time is a trustworthy messenger to those who send him; he refreshes the spirit of his masters" (Proverbs 25:13 NIV).

The first snow arrived Saturday afternoon as tiny little flakes, making it slippery underfoot and under cars, too. Gradually the flakes grew larger and softly fell to earth as if pouring a coating of white over everything. Yesterday morning we awoke to a glittery blanket of white, sparkling in the sunlight. Just enough to coat things generously and give us a clean new slate, hiding all the ugliness of man's world. For a short while the world looked perfect, perfectly beautiful.

Then the snowplows and shovels get busy and make way for the people to hustle about. Fortunately in the country we can cherish the beauty a little longer. The white blanket is only slightly disturbed by the rabbit and dog tracks and the sheep selectively create trails out to the feeding grounds where they must work to get to the hidden grass.

"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" (Isaiah 55:10 NIV).

Some crops remain in the fields waiting to be harvested. Fortunately this three inch snow won't hinder the farmers' efforts too much because it is remaining cold and below freezing for a number of days. In time the snow will melt away and water the earth as God intends.

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