and then it snowed

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It reminds me of Isaiah 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.”

I see the fresh white covering over the earth, and I think of the righteousness of Christ, and the gift He gave. Let me reason with Him. Let me surrender to Him. And then shall all my sins be forgiven and like the white of that fresh, glittering snow.

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Shall we have a little insight into Eden’s brain thinks sometimes? Why not.

As I wrote that previous sentence, I thought of how beautiful the snow is on it’s own. But then when the sun shines on it, it glitters and sparkles a thousand times more.

Jesus gives us his righteousness, then Jesus the Son – the Light of the World – shines on us and illumines us even more.

That’s why I love nature. If looked at and studied, or even just casually observed, it offers us so many little lessons about the character of Christ.

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lessons from nature

Recently I had the opportunity to climb a mountain. Being [somewhat] out of shape, it was hard. My legs got tired, I got altitude sick, my feet hurt, I was thirsty, and sometimes I just wanted to turn back. However, I was determined to reach the top, and finally, I did!

As I was able to look down on all the world beneath me, all the pain of the climb faded away. Seeing the majesty of the view surrounding, I knew that I would climb those miles again, experience everything – all just to have the reward of that view, and having the satisfaction of reaching my goal.

That night as I lay in my sleeping bag trying to sleep, I was struck with the thought that my climb that day was very similar to what our walk with God is. It’s hard. People will make fun of us, things will be painful, and sometimes we might wonder why we’re doing it…maybe it would be easier to just quit. When we finally reach heaven to spend eternity with Jesus though, we will realize that it was all worth it. The pain, the struggles, the heartache – everything – will fade away, and we would repeat it all again to reach heaven.

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It made me even more thankful for the outdoors, how God reveals Himself and His character to us in subtle, yet beautiful ways.