Sunday, March 12, 2017
Eternally Washed Clean
Snow was forecast for this morning. Two days ago, I was in t-shirts and shorts in 80 degrees by the ocean, and now am being threatened with snow. Normally I would be excited by the prospect of snow, but Friday I fly out to Seattle to cross country ski with my sister. (Wendy, bless her kind heart, is flying me out there as she knows how much I miss cross-country skiing.) Since the coming week is so busy, I am already packed. I have packed all my cross-country ski clothes and boots.
Even though the clocks sprang ahead an hour, I was up at 5 a.m. this morning. Was it snowing? I hurried to the window. It was!! And coming down hard though there was no covering on the ground yet.
If it really does snow enough to ski on the streets, I will have to unpack. How can I not ski if Charlotte gets its once-every-two-years BIG snowfall? However, at this point it doesn't look like we will get enough to do anything but make the roads slippery. It warms in the afternoon, so even if the snow accumulates, it will melt quickly.
I hope it accumulates if only briefly. Snow is the great equalizer. Everything looks beautiful, fresh, clean, new under a blanket of white snow. It is fitting that snow is one of the symbols referred to time and again in the Bible as the newness of souls who fall in love with Jesus and accept His lordship. His presence blankets us so that we are all made new, beautiful, fresh, and clean. The good news is that unlike snow, His covering over us will not melt away. We will be eternally washed clean.
“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.