TREASURES IN THE SNOW

      I moved to Missouri from Colorado in 2008 to marry my beautiful bride. This year, six years later, for the first time since leaving Colorado, I have really shoveled snow. In Colorado snow-shoveling was just a way of life. 

      One recent March morning I was enjoying standing on the front porch watching the glistering flakes gently drift earthward. As I watched I thought of the passage in Job where God questioned Job, "Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow?" As the snow was settling down on the ground I looked quizzically down at snow wondering, "Just what are the treasures in the snow?" Good question, I mumbled to myself as I went back inside for a cup of hot tea. 

      Simply stated, Winter snowfalls help everything green up in the Spring time. The University of New Hampshire's Department of Natural Sciences says snow contains nutrients that are beneficial to the soil and water. the nutrients include nitrogen, along with some sulphur and many other important trace elements. Further studies indicate there are more of these important nutrients bound up in snow than in the corresponding amount of rain. 

      Consider the lowly snowflake. Each has it's own unique intricate design - there are never two alike. It refracts light like a diamond, attracts dirt like a magnet, absorbs it like a sponge, removing it from the air like a tiny filter, eliminating germs like a disinfectant, all the while  imparting fertilizer to the earth on which it makes it's bed. Finally, when kissed by the sun, it's heart is suddenly melted into one sparkling life-giving drop of totally pure water! 

      Who but Jehovah God could dress the thirsting earth in a shimmering white gown, while washing from the face of the sky above both dirt and germs? Who else could, but God, could broadcast the cleaning crystals, leaving a residue of only pure water and fertile ground -- doing all this in time-capsules -- providing some now -- and some later released for a parched, feverish and aching land? 

      No wonder God asked Job, "Hast thou entered the treasures of the snow?" 

      And this makes me think of another marvel: Only God, over a span of 1500 years, could inspire 40 people to write the most incredible book ever written. Among them were kings, farmers, mechanics, scientific men, lawyers, generals, fishermen, ministers, priests, a tax collector, a doctor, some rich and some poor, some were from the city and some from the country. Satan tried every imaginable means at his disposal to destroy God's anvil, The Holy Bible. Yet, like the black smith's anvil, it has survived the evil one's fiery attempts to destroy it. Like the anvil that survived hundreds of hammers, those who would destroy the Holy Bible will ultimately be only the forgotten epics of history. 

      No wonder God said, "So shall my Word be that goeth forth out of My mouth: it shall not return unto Me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it." Isaiah 55:11 (KJV)

     Just A Thought Across The Garden Gate by Parson Don

  

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