Here in England we are having cold, snowy, icy weather. Many schools are temporarily closed. I think the children are more pleased with this than their parents! Many of the children are enjoying playing out in the snow, sledging, throwing snowballs and building snowmen. As I sat looking out into the garden, which looks very picturesque with it’s coating of snow on the ground and on all the trees and bushes, I thought about this lovely article I found on the web a couple of years ago. I hope you will enjoy reading it and it will help you to think about all the blessings God has given you and wants to give you in the future.
The Legend of the Snowman
By Ann Shorb
Bible verse ISAIAH 1:18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
Without a doubt, the legend of Frosty, the jolly, happy snowman who came to life when the children placed an old silk hat on his head is the most popular of all stories about the snowman. There are other legends about these popular winter visitors who come briefly and then melt away, but here’s one of my favourites.
While playing outside after a beautiful winter storm, a young boy wandered too far from home and lost his way back. Eventually he stumbled upon the old country church where his family attended services each week. Standing silently in front of the building was a large snowman. He seemed to be just waiting to help the scared and lonely lad.
This happy winter visitor made of pure white snow reminded the young man of the holy nature of God. The three round balls that form his body symbolized the Holy Trinity—Father, Son and Holy Spirit—each a part of the whole being.
The tall, silk top hat, a symbol of honour, brought to mind what the preacher said about our need to always honour the Lord.
The snowman’s coal eyes stared intently at the boy, reminding him of God’s continual care, and the fact that the Heavenly Father always knows where we are and what’s happening in our lives.
The smiling mouth also made of coal reminded the youngster to be joyful and praise the Lord always for His many blessings—even when things are difficult.
The bright carrot nose made him think of the colourful world the Lord made for us and the constant beauty that surrounds us each season of the year
As the boy stood there staring at his new friend, he thought about the warm, protective love of God as he looked at the scarf around the snowman’s neck.
But it was the twig arms spread wide open that made him cry. He knew that God’s arms of love and forgiveness are always open to all who come to Him.
Once he saw the snowman in front of the old church, the boy knew he could find his way home. The friendly visitor was there just when the youngster needed reassurance and hope, very much like our Heavenly Father; but unlike the snowman that eventually melts away, our Heavenly Father never leaves us. He is always there when we need Him.
Almighty Creator, how good to be reminded of Your holiness and Your constant care for us as Your children. Thank You that when we lose our way, You are truly there to help and guide us in the right path, offering us Your love and forgiveness. Amen.
By Ann Shorb ©Copyright 2010, Ann Shorb
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