It won’t be here for long, but for the moment I’m enjoying the sight of spring snow out my “office” window. Working from home on a cold, snowy morning with a thermos full of my favorite coffee is alright with me. I’m reminded to be grateful for a family that is healthy, for steady work and income, and for no lack of things necessary for life.
Not everyone has it so well at present. Some are out of work and feeling uncertain about things we all sometimes take for granted. Some are sick and suffering terribly. Some are grieving. Some are hungry. Some are alone and afraid. Some (heroes in ordinary work clothes) are hard at work today—at risk to their own heath—so that the rest of us can stay healthy.
I am reminded today of God’s word in Isaiah about snow: “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 historical situation in which these words were first preached was more bleak than our own. There were devastating things to come; and yet, God was promising a future that was secure and unimaginably good. Just as we know that today’s snow will soak into the soil and soon make spring all the more vibrant, God reassures us that all of his promises and purposes prevail—no matter what devastation comes along the way.
The verses that come next in Isaiah require the use of our imagination, they break the bounds of what we know in the here-and-now. It is the vision of joy and peace so profound that mountains break out in song, trees clap their hands, and majestic evergreens take the place of thorn and thistle in a stunning reversal of the curse (Isaiah 55:12-13, Genesis 3:17-18). Can you imagine it?
In bleak and uncertain times, God reassures us with reminders that he works in ways far above our understanding and beyond our imagination. Indeed, even our “momentary light affliction is producing for us an absolutely incomparable eternal weight of glory” (2 Cor 4:17, CSB). So as you hear the melting snow dripping off your roof today, let it remind you that a glorious springtime is coming. God has promised.