About 5 weeks ago, before it snowed, John 3 and I went into the backyard and pulled some dead plants out of our planters and set them in the grass. The plan was to go back out the next day, throw the stalks into waste bags and get rid of them (Sunday NFL ended up being way more important).
Over the last several weeks it’s snowed, and now those dead plants lie covered up by the beautiful Winter Wonderland that is our yard, only marred by rabbit trails. In a few months the snow will melt and those dead plants will re-appear, their ugliness available for all to see.
This reminds me of 1 Timothy 5:24:
Remember, the sins of some people are obvious, leading them to certain judgement. But there are others whose sins will not be revealed until later.
The entire context of Paul’s letters to Timothy are that Timothy is to be on the lookout for false teachers within the church.
Like the dead and rotting plants sitting on top of the grass, some of the false teachers will be obvious.
But other false teachers are harder so see– covered by a beautiful exterior, gifted and gregarious, attractive and engaging, they lie in wait, to be revealed in the inevitable warmth of Spring- the arrival of new life.
In Romans 8:19, Paul describes this arrival:
For all creation is waiting eagerly for that future day when God will reveal who his children really are.
The snow always melts. What is underneath is always revealed. And it is here that we find the warning for all.
The snow will melt and all will be revealed. The things we’ve covered up. The things we’ve stifled. The things we’ve tucked away. The things we hope no one will see. The things we’ve convinced ourselves do not exist.
The day will indeed come, and is already coming, when the snow will melt and the very fiber of our beings will be revealed for who, and what, we really are.
We can hide “who we are” from ourselves and from others. But the snow is melting friend.
And God knows what lies beneath.