Yesterday, I had a fun time with my son playing in the snow on a ‘spring’ day in Ohio. We had a typical snowball fight and then settled down to work on our own snowman creation. In the end, we created “Harold” and we stood back and admired our work before I turned into the warm house for a break. As I continued to watch my son build with snow along with his sister and friend, it hit me that our problems in life start out as snowflakes that quickly melt away but others withstand the temperature and begin to roll up into something much larger. As they rolled what was a small snowball across the yard, the ball grew in size making it a larger mass and one that will now withstand the warm temperatures for a much longer period.
When we face our problems, we have to have faith in God that He will bring a warmer day that will melt the snow and dismiss a problem or trial that we face. Faith gives us “assurance about the things we cannot see” (Hebrews 11:1) and no problem is too big for our God. We all have snow days even in the middle of summer so seek the Word and wait for the sun to come out. It will and the white creation in our emotional yard will begin to disappear.
Yesterday, “Harold” became symbolic for me that any trial we are faced with can grow so large that it can become a person that takes on life. One that lives inside of you and begins to take over your true self and what you believe. Just like the snow, we become slaves to it if we get too much and 2 Peter 2:19 confirms that this begins to control you. Our world shuts down until the snow plows can clear the way and we can get going with life again. When we place God first and rely on Him as our ultimate counselor, we realize that the temperature is changing and the snow is melting.
By the way, make sure you wave at the snow plow driver the next time they pass along your street. Who knows who you will see driving.