Dangerous and beautiful. And no, I am not talking about my wife. Well, maybe … no. Not this time.
I am talking about the weather. This weekend, my hometown got winterized again. It started off beautiful. Flakes fluttering, everything turning white, and a splendor of God’s glory. Then – the temperature rose just a few degrees. We went from white to sleet, ice, mixed precipitation. The weather app even used a phrase I never heard before – freezing fog. What is freezing fog? Yeah, yeah, I know – fog that freezes, ha ha. But really, what is it? Accuweather defines it as “supercooled water droplets that remain in liquid state until they come into contact with a surface upon which they can freeze. As a result, any object the freezing fog comes into contact with will become coated with ice.” So cool – supercooled water droplets. I also read about something called diamond dust – a kind of ice fog, but sparse ice crystals falling form a clear sky – again, so cool.
So, if I walk through the fog, will my face be covered in a sheet of ice? Let the experimentation begin.
As the hours progressed, the trees are beautiful – a shiny coat glistening in the light, an effervescence that grabs the imagination and propels one into a winter wonderland different than that of a snow white coverings, a beauty that sparkles and mesmerizes. But danger Will Robinson. That means the walkways, the parking lot, and every flat surface will also be covered in ice – an ice that looks to cause slippage and broken hips.
It is beautiful – yet dangerous. There are a lot of things that seem beautiful but are dangerous, even deadly – flowers, animals, foods, and according to one website, Justin Bieber and beards (yeah, kind of laughed at those.) But sin is kind of like this too. Something looks appealing, enticing, and even fun – and may be at first, but in the end, it leads to catastrophe and separation from God. Fortunately, there is a remedy. To the ice, the remedy is the warmth and light of the Sun – to sin, the remedy is the warmth and light of the Son of God’s love. Way too much to explore here, but if you need to know more, I am always up for an online convo.
I hope you know His love, know His grace, and His warmth.
Stay off the ice, and stay away from sin.
Stay Warm & Have a Great Day.