Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.
For those of you who may not think much about the types of snow out there, snow is often described as either wet or dry. The difference between the two depends on both the temperature and the amount of water in the snow. The 5th grade Abeka science book defines “wet snow” as ice crystals that stick together and “dry snow” as ice crystals that fall to the earth singly.
It’s actually snowing wet snow outside as I write these words.
You know what I love about the wet stuff? It sticks together. This means it is awesome for building snowballs, snowmen, and snow forts. The dry stuff is useless for that kind of fun.
So why am I talking to you about snow? Well, I believe we can apply the characteristics of snow to the Christian walk in more ways than Isaiah 1:18 (“Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be white as snow.”). As followers of Christ, I believe we should also be as wet as snow.
Why? Read with me the description of wet snow I found on a weather website: “This [wet snow] is the snow that makes great snowballs, is tough to shovel, and is not easily drifted by the wind after it reaches the surface. Flakes of wet snow more easily stick together in flight and are not broken apart as much by the wind” (the link is here).
Now think about that definition as it relates to Christianity. First, wet snowflakes don’t fall one by one to the earth and then lie separately on the surface of the ground; they stick together. And so should we. We are all children of God; therefore, we should act that way. We should get along, encourage each other, and support each other. No one should have to walk this life alone. As Psalm 133:1 declares, “Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity!”
Second, wet snow is great for building. You can make snowballs, snowmen, snow forts, and with enough of it, you can even make a snow home! You can’t build a thing with the dry stuff. In the same way, we as Christians should be working together to build one another up and to bring glory to God. Ephesians 4:15-16 reminds us, “Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.” Romans 12:5-6 reminds us to trust God to enable us to “live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Oh the mighty things God would be able to do through us if we all stuck together as wet snow!
In addition to wet snow being an awesome example of sticking together for edification, wet snow also reminds us the importance of sticking together for protection. Have you ever tried to shovel wet snow? That stuff is heavy! You can not easily shovel it out of the way, and too much of it at once can actually cause injury. Also, according to the description I inserted earlier, wet snow is not easily blown around by the wind either. Imagine what could happen if we as Christians stuck together like this. Imagine if we stuck together like the ones mentioned in Ecclesiastes above, if we stood firm side by side wearing the armor of God describe in Ephesians If a brother or sister started to stumble, we could pick him up. If the winds of this world tried to blow one of us down, someone would come alongside to helps us stand firm. We’d be a steadfast, immovable body of believers standing firm together against the wiles of the devil. Awesome.
I’m not sure what category of snow you’d place yourself in today, but I encourage you to ask God to help you be the wet stuff. Ask Him to fill you with His rivers of living water, for just as the greater the water, the wetter the snow, the more of Him in you, the more stickier a Christian you’ll be. The more effective you’ll be at not only encouraging those around you, but also the more effective you’ll be at giving glory to the One who deserves it. So let it snow today, my friend. Let it snow the wet stuff. And let God use you to build His kingdom and to glorify His name. For when you do–when you join together with your brothers and sisters in Christ–neither you nor your brothers nor your sisters nor the world will ever be the same.
Let it snow!