The Secret in the Snow

Hello friends! How have you been?

We finally have internet at our house, so I now have the ability to connect with you more often.

Today my son was reading to me from his science book. We use an eclectic approach to homeschooling, and so we do not stick to just one curriculum, but we do use books that present a Christ-centered world-view. He is the seventh child to read through this book, and today I was struck by something completely new!

God uses so many parallels in scripture to help us understand the things that He wants us to know, and sometimes when we look deeper we find that even if we grasp the truth He is showing us, there is a deeper treasure to find.

As Corban read to me about the way that water cycles on the earth and the different forms that it takes (gas, liquid, and solid) I began to think about Isaiah 1:18.

“Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.”


Water begins in the form of vapor, like we see in fog and the clouds in the sky. We can illustrate this for our children by boiling water and making steam. We are more familiar with water as dew or rain, but before the vapor can become a droplet of dew it has to take hold of a blade of grass or a leaf. Before the vapor can become a drop of rain it must take hold of a speck of dust. Snow, however, is pure water vapor that crystalizes when it freezes. There is no impurity in it; it is unadulterated.

We understand that white symbolizes purity. The pure bride wears white, right? Literature has made the scarlet letter the symbol of adultery and scorn. But beyond the symbolism of the color white being free from imperfection, science shows us that snow is the purest form of water that exists. Our sins will be like snow. In Christ, they are erased. Paul said that Christ perfected the Church by washing her with the pure water of the Word.

The pure water.

Like snow.

Jesus is that Word, the Living Water. He provided for us to exchange our sin, which was as scarlet, for His purity, by becoming our sin and covering it with His own scarlet blood.

It’s like the moment Jesus said, “It is finished,” for us, hell froze over.

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