I kept looking out the window to see if it was snowing. Finally, at 10:00pm last night, I looked out and the world was white. Beautiful! I took our dog, Jack, outside. It was like daylight because of the reflection of snow. Everywhere we looked, it was fresh, undisturbed, falling in gentle flakes.
This morning at first light Jack and I were out again but this time it was a different scene. Cars had already begun making the snow dirty. The sidewalks were filled with squashy footprints. The beauty of the night before was gone. As we traipsed along in the wet slush the excitement of the fresh snow was gone.
What I was seeing is a picture of what takes place in our spiritual worlds. When we come to Jesus, asking Him to forgive us and make us new, He does that very thing. We are told in Isaiah 1:18, “Though your sins are as scarlet, I will make them as white as snow.” (says the Lord) God’s love and redemption is amazing! He forgives absolutely and He makes new absolutely. God never does anything half-way.
Then, the temptations of the world come across all our paths. Too often we succumb to those things that soil our hearts. The beauty of our newness in Christ fades like trampled on snow. Joy diminishes. Peace crumbles. The beauty that once was is now soiled.
Great news — we don’t have to remain as snow made dirty by the tracks of this world. At any time we may call out to the One who loves us unconditionally. Jesus promises us that every time we come with a sincere heart, He washes away the sin and makes us clean like snow again; just as if we had never sinned at all. We stand pure in His sight when we are washed in His forgiveness.
Oh, what a loving and holy Father! Nothing compares to His love and forgiveness.