“Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord:
though your sins are like scarlet,
they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red like crimson,
they shall become like wool.”
Isaiah 1:18 (ESV)
It’s snowing outside today. Our first snow. Big flakes coming down at an angle in the wind.
Snow reminds me of a vivid dream my husband had back when we were dating that gave him great peace. He was looking up at a fallen log on the side of a hill. The next time he looked up it had snowed and the log was completely white, covered by a blanket of snow. Pure and beautiful.
Snow also reminds me of the forgiveness of Christ.
He washes us as white as snow.
Once stained, dirty, colorful…
Now a blanket of pure, glistening white.
I’m enjoying feeling that today.
All my sins washed away.
Sliding off of me into a puddle on the floor.
A blanket of pure righteousness freshly covers me.
Not because of works done by me in righteousness, but according to his own mercy. (Titus 3:5 ESV)
I love that His mercy is so abundant.
Have you ever mud wrestled?
Okay, probably not.
I just watched an Instagram story of a mom hosing off her son who was covered in mud.
Just imagine all the mud just rinsing, sliding off.
What about taking a big pan off the stove, emptying the contents and taking the sprayer on your faucet with hot water and spraying off the pan before the food crusts on.
You know how it just washes away under the hot water? I love doing that right away, to save time later.
I think about Jesus and how he died for my sins, the sins of all mankind, washing away our sins. He cleanses us… white as snow. I’m so grateful He CHOSE to do this.
To cleanse me, covering me so I can be with Him, a perfect holy God, for all of eternity.
My Friend Asked
The last day in December a friend invited me to read through the Bible chronologically and listen to Tara Leigh Cobble’s The Bible Recap podcast.
First, I’m so thankful for friends like this!
I hadn’t made a decision about what I was going to do yet and quite frankly was not wanting to commit to anything. Last year I committed to reading 10 books on prayer and I completely failed.
Looking back, I can see it would have been useful to include accountability in my plan.
So when my friend asked in an email invitation, I accepted.
As I read this year, I have a plan. If I feel apathetic, sarcastic, confused, or even bitter, I plan to keep coming back to His mercy.
As I read, I will ask “God, help me see something new about You I’ve never seen before.”
That’s it. May I see Him in a new way.
May his mercy and power wash over me.
He alone can do just that. I look forward to simply being in His cleansing presence this year.
In His Word
I’m praying Psalm 51:7, “Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.” (ESV)
And following with Psalm 51:10, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.” (ESV)
In Your Life
What about you?
Are you in His Word? Do you have a plan for this year?
Are you needing to rest for a moment or two and feel fresh snow gently falling on you like the softest blanket? A hug from the Lord.
Join me in reading through the Bible using the YouVersion App’s The Bible Recap with Tara Leigh Cobble’s chronological reading plan.
I follow my Bible reading with The Bible Recap Podcast. I listen on my iPhone’s Podcast App. (My husband is listening through Spotify.)
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