Hidden beneath picturesque blanket of snow there are dormant plants, hibernating bug larvae, decaying leaves, and dirt that will turn to mud in the spring thaw. Other things we cannot see lie there, things that have the potential to harm us if tripped over or stepped upon.
We can learn two lesson from the allegory of the snow. The first is that life is like the snow. It can be intimidating, uncomfortable and unpredictable. We have the choice to ignore it, hibernate from it, hate it, tolerate it, accept it, or deal with it.
The second lesson is that each of us is also like the snow. You see a beautiful surface, a mask if you will, but there are things in all of us, even in the "good" ones that are shameful, dark and unsavory. All of us are fully human and not a one of us are any where close to perfect. Some have more appealing redeeming qualities, but the cold hard truth is that everyone has made mistakes and bad choices formed bad habits and will continue to do so till time ceases to exist. We are incapable of fixing our selves or changing the humanity of our hearts. Our only solution is to accept our own raw, rugged, real humanity and to realize that it is the same instinctual humbling flesh that we judge our brothers for. Lay it aside and open yourself to receive and give the grace that covers a multitude of sins.
...Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow...