Indiana is currently a winter wonderland. It’s beauty is far beyond words. You almost have to see it firsthand to really appreciate its beauty.
As I drove to work this morning, I actually wished it was Christmas as the view at every turn was worthy of being a holiday greeting card. No matter if it was a snow-covered field waking up to an early morning sunrise or a snowy city street lined with century old homes and picket fences…every glance I took was picture perfect.
I imagined Christmas lights would look festive in snowy bushes and outlining houses. Christmas trees would be magical twinkling in snow-framed windows. The snow sparkled in the early morning sunlight. The sky was a magnificent blue and the cold air refreshed my soul.
The sunset tonight was soft. That’s the best way I can describe it. The sun was bright orange with a hazy outline, as though it was brushed with watercolor. And the sky was adorned in baby blues, pink, and white. Breathtaking. If we have to endure the season of winter then this is exactly how I want it to be.
I was telling my friend, Matt, just how beautiful this recent snowfall was to me. His response was simply, “just like God’s Grace”.
What a perfect comparison.
God’s grace is beautiful and it is perfect. Nothing can truly compare. But just as this newly fallen snow, this blanket of purest white, covers all that we’ve deemed dirty, God’s grace is poured upon all the earth to cover our sins and short-comings.
But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved.
Grace means God’s unmerited favor. Grace is a gift. It’s not earned and we certainly don’t deserve it. God gives it to us because He loves us so very much. Grace covers us just as this heavy blanket of snow covers a brown and barren earth. The only request God asks of us is to love His Son and dedicate our lives to Him. This is how we show our gratitude. In turn, He forgives our sins and offers us eternal life with Him in Heaven.
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.
The road I traveled tonight was peaceful as the trees, which bent slightly from the weight of another snowfall, created a beautiful canopy to lead me home. The view before me was an awesome visual of the purity of God’s love, grace, and forgiveness; the road which leads to Heaven.
Thanks to my friend for inspiring me this week.
Be grateful for the grace of God (and for snowy winters). ♥️
My Winter Photos: past and present