snowman: a representative of a human figure created with
compressed snow; usually formed by piling large
snowballs on top of each other.
Alright, you probably didn’t need a definition for this perpetual winter symbol of fun and frolic.
No matter where you live, I hope that at least once in your life you have built a snowman.
If you reflect, the constructing was full of fun, laughter and labor intensive.
You might have stood back and gazed at your creation with a smile, very wet clothes and icy blue fingers.
What if you looked at your life as represented by a snowman?
Has your life been carefully built snowball by snowball?
Is each feature put in exactly the right place?
A carrot here, a few buttons there with sticks outstretched.
Do you fear that your designed life might one day melt as quickly as it was assembled?
Have you looked around and seen others with melted lives and worried that you might be next?
Have you hidden your life behind a cage for safe keeping?
Or maybe your snowman is misshapen or out of alignment?
Is your snowman thawing before your eyes?
Snowmen are designed for winter.
The new year begins with winter when trees are bare and the air is cold.
Winter is not meant to last.
Yet winter is necessary.
Snowmen are not meant to be caged*
and neither are you.
Jesus came to free us from the cages of our making.
As this year of newness begins, ask Jesus what parts
of your life are caged and let Him touch them.
Let him open the door and release you.
Remind yourself of these words of truth that are
for each one of us:
The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me,
because the LORD has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners,
to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor
and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,
and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
instead of ashes,
the oil of joy
instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
a planting of the LORD
for the display of his splendor.
Isaiah 61: 1-3