During this past week a tremendous storm moved through the southern part of this country dumping several inches of snow on many areas. Then, to make things worse, freezing rain covered the snow, sidewalks, roads, and tree branches.
The result of those things happening together not only made it very difficult for people to walk or drive anywhere, but it also left some areas without power as heavy, ice-covered tree branches fell on power lines.
Because it rarely snows in many parts of the south, some people have a fascination with the snow when it comes to them. However, that fascination turns into frustration when people, who are used to being able to travel everywhere in warm southern winters, are suddenly housebound by the snowy and icy road conditions.
After a few days of seeing a lot of snow pile up on their yards, sidewalks, driveways, and surrounding roads; the beauty of the snow becomes contaminated by the problems that it is causing people.
When that happens, some people let some of the cold from the outside come into the inside of them and contaminate their attitudes and outlook on life. In other words., instead of having a sunny attitude toward their life; they let the cloudy, gloomy outside weather give them a inner gloomy attitude.
The solution to this problem is to see that just as God brings the sunshine and warm weather to melt the snow and ice in the outside world so people can once again get out of their houses and get back to their regular activiities; God can also bring the sunshine of His love into the inner part of people’s lives and change the icy areas and gloomy attitudes back into sunny and cheerful attitudes..
This can happen when people ask God to bring the sunshine of His love and the power of the Holy Spirit into their lives and attitudes. For the people who know Jesus Christ as their personal Savior, this can be a renewal from the temporary problems that the snowy and icy conditions caused.
For those people who haven’t yet accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Savior, they can begin to experience the sunshine of God’s love coming into their life by first asking God to forgive them for breaking His laws. Next , they need to ask Jesus Christ to become their personal Savior and spiritually apply His sacrificial life on the cross to their lives.
When they do that, God will forgive them for breaking His laws, make them His newly restored creation and will send the power of the Holy Spirit to give them the power and understanding to be able to live according to God’s principles found in the Bible.
As people develop a close relationship with God through daily talking to Him in prayer and studying His Word to learn His principles for living, God can show them how to overcome many problems—even those problems that the snowy and icy weather causes.
Therefore, as the sunny weather is bringing warm temperatures and melting the snow and ice on the outsides of our houses, let us have the sunshine of God’s love melt the icy or gloomy parts of our inner attitudes so we can share the sunshine of God’s love to those people around us that need it.