Everything Made Beautiful
Have you ever gazed through your window and been pleasantly surprised to see snow falling and changing the entire landscape?
Well, this was the case for me just a few weeks ago.
Suddenly, a dreary and cold winters day was unexpectedly transformed into a winter wonderland. It was the first day of snow, my favorite day of the year. There is just something about that first snow. Like usual, on the first day of snow, I bundled up in my winter jacket, put on my snow boots, and ran outside like a little kid to play in the fresh snow!
I fell in love with winter long before I moved to Montana. Since moving, my love for winter has grown and each snowfall has made me even more excited to see the beauty that comes this time of year. Why? Because, I believe, that snow makes everything beautiful.
There is just something so nice that happens once the snow covers the brown blemishes of the land. The trees and the landscape are turned into marvelous works of art as if they were decorated with brilliant white twinkle lights. Even our Sapphire Mountains look like cupcakes that have been freshly topped with white fluffy icing.
When I was finished playing in the snow, I hurried into my warm home and started brewing myself a hot cup of coffee. As my coffee was brewing, I pondered my love for Winter and I realized that our own lives are like the trees that I see on the Sapphire Mountains of Montana.
Our lives oftentimes seem like lifeless trees and bare mountains before the snowfall. However, because of the snow, the trees and mountains have become ALIVE – Just like we have with Jesus in our lives.
Each of us were once dead in our sins (Ephesians 2:1), and each of us were spiritually separated from God and His Kingdom. But, praise God, we were cleansed of our sins through our faith in Jesus, and we are made alive through Him. Colossians 1:13 says that, “He has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of His dear Son.”
Our lives and hearts are no longer dark, dry, and bare. We are now clothed in the white, cleansing power of His love, and we have become His beautiful works of art. We have been rescued and redeemed by the power of God. It is by the work of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, that we can give thanks to God for what He has done in our lives.
Just as the snow on the mountains covers the blemishes of the land, the blood of Christ covers our blemishes. We are made pure and spotless by the work that Christ did for us on the cross. Our past no longer dictates our present or our future, because Christ has covered those sins with His righteousness for eternity.
However, we must allow the transformation in our lives to be a testimony to others of God’s transforming grace. It is all because our wonderful God loves to change lives as His salvation and mercy falls like snow on believing hearts.
As I took my last sip of coffee, I nestled down into my chair and gave thanks to Jesus for this precious revelation of this first snow and His reminder to me, and hopefully to you, of His grace.
Philippians 4:8 tells us that, “whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.”
Somehow I was able to do that with this first snowfall. There’s just something special about that first snow that makes you realize that Jesus has washed us white as snow.
About the Author:
Michelle and her husband, Jesse, are full time Pastors at The Place Church. Jesse and Michelle co-founded The Place, a Word of Faith Church, in December of 2013. She has ministered in churches throughout North America. Her passion is that all ages come to know Jesus and have a greater and deeper knowledge of Him.
Michelle received her Degree from Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia in Christian Ministry. Both her and her husband are graduates of Jerry Savelle’s School of Ministry and are licensed and ordained by JSMI (Dr. Jerry Savelle’s Ministry) in Crowley, Texas. Michelle and her husband are also the directors of Centershot Archery, Feet of Faith Dance, and Christian Paintball Ministries, which is located in Hamilton, Montana.