Q: What do snowmen eat for lunch?
Q: What time is it when little white flakes fall past the classroom window?
A: Snow and Tell.
Q: Where does a snowman keep his money?
A: In a snow bank.
Q: What do snowmen eat for breakfast?
A: Frosted Flakes.
Q: What do you call a snowman with a six pack?
A: An abdominal snowman.
Q: What do you call an old snowman?
Q: What do you get when you cross a snowman and a guard dog?
Q: What did the snowman and his wife put over their baby's crib?
A: A snowmobile!
Q: What do Snowmen call their offspring?
Q: How does a Snowman get to work?
A: By icicle.
And the coup-de-grace:
Knock Knock! Who's There? Snow! Snow who? Snow laughing matter.
Believe me, after a while, snow ceases to be a laughing matter! After one storm earlier in the week that dumped a couple of inches of snow on us here in East Tennessee, we are now gearing up for yet another. And this one is expected to dump even more on us than did the first. At this point, few people around here are as excited about this second round as they were the first.
The beauty and splendor of a soft white blanket of snow laid down by nature can very quickly give way to consternation. And we all know the reason why… because the responsibilities of life go on. Work, school, shopping, church, all these things continue. And the snow, once welcomed, soon becomes an aggravating irritation.
In spite of this, we are blessed to have a vast array of modern tools to deal with the harshness of winter. From snow plows and melting salt to goulashes and heavy winter clothing, there is little doubt we find it easier to face winter today than did our forebears.
And in this little scenario there is perhaps a picture of our greater circumstance as men and women. The first three chapters of Genesis tell us that ours was once a beautiful world. In the state in which God first created it, it was perfect. The Bible calls it the Garden of Eden. But then, the first man, Adam, and the first woman, Eve, sinned against God. As a result of their sin, all of nature was placed under a curse.
The same Bible tells us that men and women have been redeemed by the atoning death, burial, and resurrection of God’s Son, Jesus Christ. And one day, as a result of this, nature too will be redeemed. The closing chapters of the Book of Revelation describe that world which we will one day inhabit in the future.
Until then, however, we live in a broken world. And part of that is reflected in the harshness of the seasons. I thank God, therefore, that he has promised never to leave us nor to forsake us (Hebrews 13:5), and to give us the strength to endure whatever we are called to face (cf. 2 Corinthians 4:7-12, 12:9-10; Philippians 4:11-13; Colossians 1:11-14).
These things remind me that we can all be thankful even in the harsh times of life. No matter what we face, God has promised to be there for us and to help get us through it. So, let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. With God on our side, we will plow ahead and make a way!