It was 4:48 p.m. and I was eastbound on I-94 approaching the Twelve Mile Road exit. I informed Monica that I was on my way home, but the going in the snow was slow, very slow. At 5:54 p.m. she called back to check on my progress. By then I was nearly to Hall Road, and anticipated being home in 15 minutes. For most of the trip we crept along at single digit 'speed'. After Metro Parkway I did approach 25 MPH once or twice.
It was a long journey, though, from what I hear, neither as long nor as difficult as what others experienced. I was encouraged by the fact that every driver on I-94 seemed to be accepting "it is what it is." We stayed in our lanes, crept along, and actually seemed to function as a team (or like an organized caravan). I remembered someone in my younger days telling me that "faithfulness is a long journey in the same direction." In many ways, I think, faithfulness is like driving in a snow storm.
As we 'rolled' along, the words of an old song kept scrolling through my mind. This morning I discovered it was by The Maranatha! Singers. "White as snow, white as snow, though my sins were as scarlet, Lord I know, Lord I know that I'm clean and forgiven through the power of your blood, through the wonder of your love, through faith in you I know that I can be white as snow."
The song brings to music some of the first words given to us through Isaiah. "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." (Isaiah 1.18)
Later that evening we took a short walk through our neighborhood. The landscape glistened in its covering of fresh snow. The Christmas lights looked all the brighter and more beautiful. And the words of the song kept sounding in my head. What a beautiful illustration God had given us of his mercy and grace in Jesus.
I know the snow will not stay this pretty for Christmas. It will require some fresh coverings to keep it glistening. But the beauty of last night was real, and the long drive home was worth every minute of it.
I also know that when the Lord says to us, "Come now, let us reason together," he is urging me to faithfully remember my baptism on a daily basis. Like his covering of the landscape with the beauty of fresh fallen snow, so, in our baptism, he has covered us with the righteousness of Jesus. And, no matter how soiled we have become from the day before, every morning he covers us with a new, fresh and beautiful layer.
White as snow, white as snow, though my sins were as scarlet ... through faith in you I know that I can be white as snow ... every morning ... every day ... because God in Christ is faithful ... and has joined us as we caravan through the blizzards of life toward eternity.