Just when you think it couldn’t snow anymore, another wave of winter weather floods into Nashville. School closings and bad driving mark the pinnacle of snow in the South. However, my favorite part about the snow is how everything becomes so beautiful. I’ve heard that Belmont looks like Hogwarts or Narnia when it snows; yet no matter the place, snow turns an ordinary scene into something magical.
All creation shouts for the manifest glory of God. As John Eldredge writes in Captivating, “Nature is not primarily functional. It is primarily beautiful” (35). Beauty is the essence of God. Psalm 104 speaks of the majesty creation presents.
You are dressed in a robe of light.
You stretch out the starry curtain of the heavens;
3 you lay out the rafters of your home in the rain clouds.
You make the clouds your chariot;
you ride upon the wings of the wind.
4 The winds are your messengers;
flames of fire are your servants.
5 You placed the world on its foundation
so it would never be moved.
6 You clothed the earth with floods of water,
water that covered even the mountains.
7 At your command, the water fled;
at the sound of your thunder, it hurried away.
8 Mountains rose and valleys sank
to the levels you decreed.
9 Then you set a firm boundary for the seas,
so they would never again cover the earth.
10 You make springs pour water into the ravines,
so streams gush down from the mountains.
11 They provide water for all the animals,
and the wild donkeys quench their thirst.
12 The birds nest beside the streams
and sing among the branches of the trees.
13 You send rain on the mountains from your heavenly home,
and you fill the earth with the fruit of your labor.
14 You cause grass to grow for the livestock
and plants for people to use.
You allow them to produce food from the earth—
15 wine to make them glad,
olive oil to soothe their skin,
and bread to give them strength.
16 The trees of the Lord are well cared for—
the cedars of Lebanon that he planted.
17 There the birds make their nests,
and the storks make their homes in the cypresses.
18 High in the mountains live the wild goats,
and the rocks form a refuge for the hyraxes.
God has full sovereignty over nature. In fact, nature was made to praise and glorify God. Nature illuminates His beauty. As a woman, we are designed to illuminate the majesty of Christ with our beauty. Think about Eve. She was the crown of creation. As a woman, you are the essence of beauty. The war on your self worth and body image points to the very thing you were designed to be. Take today and thank God for the snow. Thank Him for beauty. And ask Him how He feels about you–then write it down. In the words of AJ Jones, “I promise, the things you hear God saying… you could never be egotistical enough to think them up.” God is absolutely enthralled, delighted, and enchanted with you.