We're buried under a foot of snow, and my kids are out of school for their second snow day. Snow days can be a great day to talk with your kids about Psalm 51:7: “Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.” I wrote most of this post on a snow day several years ago, but I thought it was worth pulling out again. If you've got snow on the ground, spend a few minutes talking about how God makes us whiter than snow today.
As I look out my window today, I see a blanket of pristine white. We’re havinga snow day. Since I don’t have to go anywhere today, I’m enjoying the beauty of the winter wonderland.
I have to admit when I considered the possibility of another snow day today, I wasn’t all that excited. I work from home, so any day the kids are home makes it difficult for me to work. But, as I gaze out at the beauty created by the blanket of snow, I find myself looking forward to a day of children who look mummified in their snow gear, snowball fights and snowman building.
The picture out my window reminds me of Psalm 51:7, which says “Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.” When God forgives my sin, he makes my life as clean as the snow. When God looks at me, through Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, He sees a soul as pure as the snow on the ground outside my front door.
When you have a snow day, take advantage of the moment to memorize Psalm 51:7 with your kids and to talk about what it means to be washed “whiter than snow.”
- Before anyone tromps through your yard, have your kids look out the window. Talk about how a sinless life looks like an untouched field of snow.
- After your kids have played in the yard, take another look at the snow. It will be churned up and dirty in places. Talk about how when we sin, our life looks like the churned up snow. Ask your kids what happens when new snow falls. The yard will look beautiful again. Jesus’ death on the cross allows God to see our lives as if they were that untouched, sinless field of snow. He forgives our sins and wipes away the dirt and holes left in our lives by that sin.
- Build a snowman with your kids. As you do, talk about how Jesus' sacrifice cleared away our sin and made us whiter than snow. God then uses those lives to build something new, just like you're building a snowman.
- Have a snowball fight. When you're done and everyone is covered in snow, talk with your kids about how Jesus' sacrifice covers us and makes us look like we're whiter than snow (without sin) to God.
- If you live somewhere where it doesn’t snow, buy some of the fake snow, and demonstrate the same lesson with your kids.
As you enjoy your next snow day, remember to look at the time with your kids as a gift. Take advantage of the opportunity to spend some unexpected time together and use the opportunity to provide an object lesson about how God makes us “whiter than snow.”