Did you know that God “scatters the frost?” In Psalm 148:8, we find that the snow fulfills His Word. Job 37:6 tells us that He says to the snow, “Fall on the earth.”
Perhaps, as Minnesotans, we consider the snow and frost to be simply an ordinary part of life. It makes us shovel and sweat as we have to make our sidewalks and driveways passable. Much of our tax money is allocated for just that same purpose…the clearing of our roadways. Most of our Christmases, as the beloved Christmas song says, are white. Our children delight in making snowmen, snow forts, and angels in the snow. There are indeed times when things we consider mundane or ordinary prove to be extra special.
We experienced just that on January 3. You might recall how many square miles of southeastern Minnesota were blanketed with a heavy fog. As the fog lifted, the sun revealed a beautiful sight to behold. Trees and everything else that had been exposed overnight to the low-hanging cloud-cover were adorned with the dazzling white of frost. It surely looked like a winter wonderland.
I had experienced that beauty quite a few times before, but did not get lost in the wonder of the situation. Truly, my yard looked lovely. Flat-needled cedars displayed their lacy white garments. Crystalline coverings highlighted each twig of the leafless trees. What a cheerful way to start our day, I thought.
Our schedule sent us outdoors to travel for over 20 miles that morning. It was not until we ventured out on the road that we could comprehend the magnitude of the glorious whiteness that greeted us. Off we went.
While my husband navigated the slippery, snowy spots on the road, I relished the freedom to drink in the sight before us. The neighboring fields displayed their snow-carpeted acres. Trees off in the distance wore their stunning frosty apparel. Even the tall weeds in the ditches flaunted icy ornaments sparkling with frost.
We traveled up hills and down. Around every corner, over every hill a new vista showed off its spectacular loveliness. Seemingly sugar-coated trees trailed along meandering frozen rivers. This frozen winter pageant stretched off to the horizon. Wow! Miles of beauty lay before us.
It is no wonder that I overheard my friend from church comment, “The Lord certainly painted a beautiful picture for us today.”
In retrospect, let us recall the night before. The earth had been shrouded with a cloud we could not see through. It was not safe to travel. But as we slept the Lord created a scene of beauty to delight us. Life is like that. We face times where we cannot see through to the other side of some darkness. But we can know that our great God is at work doing some awe-inspiring thing as only He can do.