A Winter Wonderland

December 20, 2008 by Paul Chappell

Campus SnowIt’s been a bizarre yet enjoyable week here in Lancaster! On Wednesday, we experienced an extremely unusual amount of snowfall – up to a foot of snow in some areas. The Mojave Desert was a beautiful sight as it was covered in a thick blanket of snow. This was the most snowfall I have personally seen in over twenty years in Lancaster.

Despite the inclement weather conditions, our midweek services went forward as planned. Although hundreds of our members were stranded due to road closures, the Lord gave us a wonderful time in His word.

Thursday morning, after the storm had cleared, my wife and I spent some time driving around town, admiring the scenery. We enjoyed taking a few pictures and pausing to thank the Lord for the snow that had fallen during the Christmas season.

As I thanked the Lord for the beauty of the desert in the winter, I began to think of the references to snow in the Bible. My heart was drawn to the following verses:

Isaiah 55:10-11
For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

snow-tractorJust as snow falls from heaven and does not return, God promises that His Word will also not return void. He promises that it will accomplish what He pleases.

This Christmas season, may you claim that promise and may you take the time to share God’s Word with those who will listen. Whether it is a lost loved one or a stranger out Christmas shopping, make it a priority to spread the Gospel this Christmas season. And if you are able to experience a little snowfall along the way, may it be a reminder of God’s promise to bless and prosper His Word as it is shared with those who need to hear.


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