Lessons in the Snow
A Devotional by Robin Kot and Grace Covers
For many years I was a dog walker by trade. I found a habit of dogs walking in the snow to be very interesting. It showed intelligence, and maybe laziness. They would always follow in the footsteps of the biggest tracks they saw. I’ll admit this annoyed me because I wanted to walk in those steps most of the time! Trudging through deep snow is quite a workout. So, yes, I was being lazy too! But clearly the intelligence to realize how much easier it is to follow in someone else’s footsteps was there, whether through insight or trial and error. However, what they didn’t see—or care about—is where the tracks lead. They’d follow the track way off course and not mind at all. I on the other hand, would guide them to our destination, even if it meant we had to do some trudging on our own. I kept in mind where I wanted to end up and only followed tracks when they led me in that general direction.
My Biblical insight came from realizing that we need to follow in the tracks of solid Christians walking on the Path Of Righteousness. We need to be on guard if they, sinners like us, stray off that path, and not follow them there. We need to be careful not to walk in the ‘big tracks’ of worldly ways, as they will surely lead us far off the course. Better yet, follow the only One who walked that path perfectly, and we already know ended up at the right hand of God. “He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high” Hebrews 1:3. The best ways to follow Him? Read and study the guidebook He wrote you: The Bible “I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.” Psalm 119:11 Ask Him for the Wisdom to see the path. “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.” James 1:5 Pray for and listen to the Holy Spirit, Isaiah 30:21 “Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” Be in community with other Christians who can help you see the path, and will warn you when you are veering off course. “Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” Galatians 6: 1-2
My second lesson came when I pondered the often-used illustration of snow covering the ground like Christ covering our sins and making us ‘white as snow’. It was slushy today, and so when I stepped on the pretty white snow, you saw what lay beneath; dirt, dead grass, and worse. In order for the snow to cover that ugliness it would have to be a constant, deep snowfall. And so, I realized the snow was a beautiful depiction of the Old Covenant – Jewish High Priests making atonement for the Israelites. We see that soon enough the people sinned again and a new sacrifice needed to be made. And eventually the High Priest would die and a new High Priest was needed. “And every priest stands daily at his service, offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, waiting from that time until his enemies should be made a footstool for his feet. For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.” Hebrews 10: 11-14
“Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4: 14-16
Through Christ’s perfect sacrifice we who have accepted His perfect gift by faith, are forgiven. Once For All! Snow that depicted the New Covenant would be quite miraculous; deep enough to cover all the ugliness, brilliantly white and never melting no matter the temperature. It makes me wonder if there will be snow like that in Heaven!