A few weeks ago my family, along with some good friends of ours, enjoyed a few days up in Idyllwild to play in the snow. God blessed us with clear roads going up and coming down the mountain, but with lots of snow while we were there.
Freshly fallen snow blanketing the landscape is tremendously beautiful to me. The untouched snow is so bright and clean and sparkly in the sun. Scripture uses the metaphor of the purity and whiteness of snow to speak of the beauty that God brings to the hearts that He cleanses from sin.
Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. (Psalm 51:7)
From a human perspective, there is nothing on this earth that is more brilliantly white than new snow. Yet the Creator of snow can also cleanse our sinful, dirty hearts so completely that they will be even whiter than snow! How amazing is that?!
May this prayer for cleansing be our regular request as well, that the purity and brightness of the very righteousness of Christ would be seen in our lives as God washes and cleanses our hearts to be whiter than snow.