by Debb Hackett @Debb_Hackett
It’s that time of year. For anyone living in the northern two-thirds of the United States, the weather seems to lurch from near-Armageddon amounts of snow or ice, and frostbite causing temperatures, or beautiful spring-like warmth that offers a welcome respite from the full-on days of winter.
We are a family of skiers. Every Saturday sees us up at 5 a.m. to get to our favorite resort in time to make “first tracks” and be the ones at the front of the line when the lifts open. During a recent trip, conditions were particularly beautiful. The trail-groomers and snow makers had done an outstanding job and the slopes were adorned with fresh powder. As my skis swished down the mountain, I was struck by how like God’s grace a ski trail is.
“Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the Lord.
“Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; (Isaiah 1:18, NIV)
First thing in the morning, the surface of the trails is white and smooth, perfect for skiing. But as the skiers come, the snow gets chopped up and marked. Sometimes there are deep ruts or slash marks, and over time, moguls or bumps form. By the end of the day the snow can be dirty with mud, and pine needles or twigs mixed in. Isn’t that a little like us? We wake up to a day with no errors… yet. Then there’s a poor thought, maybe a sharp word or some other type of mistake and we are off. Sin makes it’s “first tracks.”
We go through the day with all the challenges life throws at us and we can find our closeness to Jesus slashed, or perhaps our faith hit some bumps. By the end of the day we might well be a little less than pristine, feeling the weight of our sin.
But even as I skied and contemplated this, the Lord was quick to reassure me…
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” (2 Cor 5:17, NIV)
It doesn’t matter how dirty our snow gets, we know the ultimate groomer. Unlike a ski slope, Jesus doesn’t bury the mess in more snow so it’s hidden. He cleanses us from it and leaves us forever washed white.
Be reassured today that there’s no sin so great or mistake so big that Jesus can’t forgive it or redeem it. That’s just how much He loves you.
Take a minute to ask for that love and grace work in you and shine through you today.
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9, NIV)
About the author: Writer, broadcaster and speaker Debb Hackett has been a radio journalist for more than twenty years. Married to a test pilot, Debb writes for military wives and lives just outside Washington DC with her husband and children. She’s having lots of fun working on an inspirational contemporary romance series. When she’s not writing, Debb can be found leading worship, playing bass, or skiing. Also, if you can swing by her house while she’s making scones, that would be a win. She blogs at: http://debbhackett.com
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