For most of us here in East Tennessee, when we look outside our windows we see a beautiful white landscape. Fresh snow has fallen and covered our decks, patios and yard with a blanket of pure white splendor.
But what makes it so beautiful? White is quite ordinary after all. Few of us want all the walls of our homes bleach white. White is the color of the unseen under-garments, while color splashes our shirts, dresses and scarves. Yet ordinary white snow is glorious.
What makes the snow so beautiful in my backyard is what it covers. You see, underneath the snow is a splotchy, brown, dirt patched piece of land. It’s not pretty. Broken limbs lie around. Piles of dirt and stacks of blocks remind me of unfinished projects. Frankly, it’s been too cold to pick up the dog poop.
But today – my back yard is beautiful. It’s covered in nature’s white linen.
My life is like my backyard. It’s messy, broken and ugly. Sure there are some patches that look good to the casual observer, but those who see me up close know about the dirt, weeds, broken limbs and poop. They see the uneven areas and pot holes.
But that’s not what my heavenly Father sees.
“Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the LORD. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool. Isaiah 1:18
All of my ugliness has been covered by the red stained grace and mercy of Jesus, and it’s left me white as snow. In my Father’s eyes I’m righteous and holy. I’m His son.
That’s really good news.
So take a moment as you look out there on the glistening white stuff that covers your yard and remember the Cross and what it has done for you.