A week ago most of the mid-Atlantic area was blanketed with a hefty amount of glistening, pure-white snow. A handful of the frozen precipitation helped quench my shoveling-induced thirst once I ventured outside.
I recall as a young child spooning freshly fallen, clean snow into a pan to usher quickly inside. Vanilla and sugar were added for an easy, sweet cold treat. Snow was fun as a child. Fun to play in, fun to eat, and a fun reason to miss school. All fun.
Adulthood seems to suck the fun out of snow. Our out-of-shape bodies groan with each shovel-full. The beauty is still in the snow; we just don’t take the time to see it. The fun is buried with our cars and mailboxes.
Now a week later, the streets and parking lots are filled with piles of gray, dirty snow pitted with gravel and trash. It reminds me of how quickly something so clean and so pure can become so unclean and dirty.
Each day my heart begins as white as freshly fallen snow. The whitest of whites, Clorox-white. I begin anew and clean because of what Jesus did on the cross. Praise God!
Therefore, we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 2 Corinthians 4:16 NIV
However, it doesn’t take very long for my heart to go from clean to unclean. The white grows grayer and darker and dirtier as each second ticks away.
But His Word reminds me, I can start fresh and clean and white-as-snow each and every day.
God’s loyal love couldn’t have run out, His merciful love couldn’t have dried up. They’re created new every morning. How great is His Faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23 (MSG)
Matthew’s account of the leper is a wonderful reminder that He is more than capable of cleaning our outsides as well as our insides with His Holy words, Be Clean!
When Jesus came down from the mountainside, large crowds followed him. A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.” Jesus reached out His hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” He said. “Be clean!” Immediately he was cleansed of his leprosy. Matthew 8: 1-3 NIV
As I step around the piles of dirty snow waiting for the spring thaw, I know my heart doesn’t look anything like what I am sloshing through. No, His red Blood has washed my heart and has made it whiter than any snowfall. Only God’s color wheel makes black + red = white.
Jesus offers “Be Clean” daily and I am so very thankful.
Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Psalm 51:10 KJV
Let’s Walk Worthy!