“Have you entered the treasury of snow,
This phrase arose in our meeting a short while ago, and it stuck in my mind, as these unexpected poetic expressions often do. Why is snow described as a treasury? The obvious answer is that snow is white and represents holiness, purity and cleanliness — the absence of sin — and should thus be treasured (and aspired to) by the believer.
In the natural, there is little that is more beautiful — awe-inspiring even — than freshly fallen snow in a blanket covering the land, undisturbed, pristine and peaceful; bringing joy to the soul. These qualities give a spiritual form to what lies before us. First the Natural, then the Spiritual.
However, in The Lord’s Speaking there is always more, and we can see that He asks have you entered the treasury of the snow and follows this with have you seen the treasury of hail. He invites us to be a part of that holiness — in fact, to go beyond the surface and what it does for us — to realise that He is that treasury, the treasure in our earthen vessels.
In essence, it is an expression of Christ’s words “I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.” (John 17:23)
The treasury of hail speaks of another aspect of that growing to be one with Christ. The Lord asks if we have seen or understood it. For just as we learn of the washing by the water of the word, hail (as frozen water) tells of the hard word, the deeper aspects of Him, which can be more difficult to grasp. We need to have His Holy Spirit fill us with both of His treasuries so that we are prepared for the time of trouble and the day of battle and war.
Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity,
IN THE BLEAK MIDWINTER — Tenebrae
Riches and the things that are necessary in life are not evil in themselves. And all of us face cares and troubles in this life. The sin comes in the time and energy we spend in pursuing these things, at the expense of neglecting Christ.
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Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.
GEORGE and GILL STEWART