The Promise of Snow
The disappointment happens every year. You watch the news, or your check your favorite weather app, and there, sitting conspicuously on a date in the week is that beautiful, solitary snowflake. In the north, this little symbol means little more than annoyance, but in the south it is exciting. We head out to the store and buy exorbitant amounts of bread, eggs, milk and toilet paper. Schools will preemptively declare a snow day and cancel classes. All in all, it’s an exciting time anticipating that beautiful white powder falling from the heavens.
Then it doesn’t happen. The disappointment is palpable. The kids are stuck at home, waking up to a normal day of sunshine instead of sledding and snow boots. The adults are sitting there trying to figure out how to go to work with the kids at home, and what they are going to do with 4 dozen eggs and 60 rolls of toilet paper. They consider looking up the address to their local weather man’s house and putting that many eggs and rolls of TP to use. Snow days that are promised but then not delivered are a hard pill to swallow.
On the flip side, snow days that happen as promised are incredibly thrilling. They often start with little teasing flurries. A few flakes fall, and everyone hopes they aren’t a fluke. A few more fall and everyone starts to get excited. When it really starts coming down, its time for celebratory snow dances in the yard, dancing in the cold and acting like this white confetti is a celebration made just for you.
This hesitant but exciting anticipation is similar to the way we Christians anticipate heaven. Like snow, we’ve been promised this day that is coming, but this is a day when we will see something we’ve never seen before. According to Scripture,
15 For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord (1 Thessalonians 4.15-17).
The day is coming. We know that. We just don’t know when. Every day, we can get up expecting that today is the day, but for all of us, it has been disappointing. Every day we are to be anticipating and hastening the day Jesus comes again (cf. 2 Peter 3.12). Every day, we should be figuratively going outside and watching for the sky to be ripped open and the Lord to come again. But every day, thus far, we’ve been disappointed.
But one day, when it truly does happen, for those who are prepared for His return, it will be a day of celebratory dancing in the streets and excitement that we get to see Him face to face. We don’t need bread, milk, and TP for this special day; He will provide everything we need. We will see something even more beautiful than snow covered streets and rooftops. We will see the glories and beauties of Heaven. So every day, we wait and anticipate His return. Every day we look to the heavens and declare John’s words in Revelation 22.20, “Maranatha!” (which means “Come Lord”). What a glorious day to anticipate!