“Guess what? There’s supposed to be a snowstorm this weekend! Isn’t it wonderful?”
My sister’s eyes danced with thoughts of snowmen, eggnog lattes, flurries on eyelashes, and fresh powder on the ski hill.
I groaned. “But what about the roads?”
Glass-like ice would be sure to pave the roads I had to drive on to get myself to work.
That reality put a chilly damper on my friendship with winter.
Many of my friends slip and slide around the lanes, sighing with happiness and welcoming the adventure of snowy driving. But my tendency is to bristle at the mere mention of an icy forecast.
If you could see me driving in the winter, you’d see my shoulders tense, inches from the steering wheel. The radio silent and my focus solely on maneuvering. I rarely touch the gas pedal, causing trucks to storm around me with tufts of snow splattering my windshield.
Can you relate? Are you a snow princess or a snow survivor? Perhaps you have a horrible snow accident in your past.
I don’t. Once the Buick I used to drive — like a runaway parade float — drifted into a curb as I made a left turn. Another time my vehicle slid into a crusty snow bank that separated me from a drop off.
Since I don’t live in Alaska, these incidents seldom happen, but I still kinda dread the driving aspect of winter.
That’s why I’ve been gathering an Icy Road Arsenal to combat the fears which intrude on my dreams for a white Christmas. Maybe it could be of help to you, too.
REMEMBER: Don’t be anxious.
This is a Scriptural command in Philippians 4:6. The text doesn’t read “don’t be anxious about anything . . . except for icy conditions, then be afraid if you want.” Whether big or small obstacles, worrying is off limits for the believer. I will most likely be quoting the below passage OFTEN this December-February.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. (Philippians 4:6)
REMEMBER: GOD IS POWERFUL.
Whiteness, iciness, coldness — these all belong to Him just like you do. When you’re tempted to get tense at the winter storms, remember that He has storehouses of snow at His control and the release is intentional.
By the breath of God ice is given, and the broad waters are frozen fast. (Job 37:10)
He hurls down his crystals of ice like crumbs; who can stand before his cold? (Psalm 147:17)
Have you entered the storehouses of the snow, or have you seen the storehouses of the hail? (Job 38:22)
He gives snow like wool; he scatters frost like ashes. (Psalm 147:16)
For to the snow He says, “Fall on the earth,” And to the downpour and the rain, “Be strong.” (Job 37:6)
REMEMBER: THE SNOW SYMBOLS
There are several powerful visuals in the Bible involving snow. It mentions our sins are washed as white as snow. Also, God sends His Word like the snowfall.
The world holds countless tropical islands and countries (even some states in the US) that never get to taste and see the symbols of fresh, white snow. This makes me think we should be grateful to observe the reminder.
“Come now, and let us reason together,” says the Lord, “Though your sins are as scarlet, they will be white as snow, though they are red like crimson, they will be like wool.” (Isaiah 1:18)
Purify me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. (Psalm 51:7)
For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven
and do not return there but water the earth,
making it bring forth and sprout,
giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater,
so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth;
it shall not return to me empty,
but it shall accomplish that which I purpose,
and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it. (Isaiah 55:10-11)
The next time our commute to work seems hazardous because of “crystals of ice like crumbs” or “frost like ashes,” instead of complaining, give the anxiety to the One who creates it all, and thank Him for how He waters with His Word and makes our sins whiter than snow.