There is 100% chance of snow and sleet in Charlotte Friday night through Saturday morning. I don't think I have ever seen such certainty in a weather report. 100%?? How much in life is 100% likely to happen except death?
Ok, there is one other thing. If you put your faith in Jesus and ask Him to be Lord of your life, you are 100% guaranteed eternal life. 100%!!!
Snow is a rare event in Charlotte, thus we are all eager for it to arrive. The grocery stores have been emptied of bread and milk. The sleds are all sold out of the few stores that carried them. Now we hunker down and wait with great anticipation.
I wonder how many of us breathlessly consider the pure white cleansing of our souls through the atoning sacrificial shedding of blood by Jesus to cover our sins. I suspect not many of us picture that on a regular basis. Red is the hardest stain to remove from clothes. Tomato sauce and blood on a lightcolored shirt are there for all eternity. Yet, look at the image God places before us-- our scarlet sin will be made white as snow! We who are such inveterate, compromising sinners will be clean in His sight when we accept His gift Jesus granted us.
I longed to discuss this incredible miracle with a post-abortive young lady yesterday. We had arranged to meet at a nice restaurant, my treat. She had been homeless and hopeless when I met her at the abortion center. A coercive boyfriend and family in the end had more power over her than the call to obedience of a righteous God. However, Cities4Life's mission includes ministering to those who abort. Since so many women return for multiple abortions, to stem the culture of abortion, we cannot ignore those who have chosen it once.
I sat in the restaurant lobby for half an hour after our appointed meeting time. I read my Bible and prayed. She never showed up. My heart weeps for her. I had longed to help her, but one thing that is not 100% certain is those foundering finding the strength to reach for a lifeline.
Fortunately, another mom I work with who chose life sent me this photo of her little girl. She told me I could share it with whomever I wanted. She said: "Any time I send pictures I give consent for you to post and share, and I love being a mom. The best feeling in the world."
Meanwhile, though I don't believe the weathermen can be 100% certain, before the snow arrives, I plan to be done with a baby shower we have scheduled for another mama who chose life over abortion. When we finish with her, she will have a roomful of everything she will need for the baby for the first two years of his life.
As at all our Cities4Life baby showers (run by Truth and Mercy Prolife Ministries), the mama will also have received the good news that her sins, though they be scarlet, can be white as snow. My prayer is she will accept the truth of the Gospel, and as the snow falls outside her window, she will be filled with hope and joy.
Tonight, if all goes as planned, I will be cross country skiing in that pure white snow on streets of the closed down city of Charlotte.