When posed with the profound and significant question of "Mountains or Beach?" I'm a mountain girl through and through. However, just because you're a "mountain girl", does not require you to be a "snow girl". The District is currently being blanketed with it's third major snow storm of the year, and I must confess, I'm a little over it. The past two storms came one after the other, so it's hard to know where one snow storm finished and the other began...there's just lots and lots of snow.
This morning as I sit on my couch looking at the sea of white outside the window, I am reminded of when David prays to the Lord in Psalm 51 and pleads, "wash me and I will be whiter than snow."
I'm not snow's biggest fan right now, but there is a purity and beauty of snowfall that is hard to deny. One of the things I've noticed this winter is how snow has the unique ability to make even the ugliest places beautiful. No matter what's underneath, when you look at a place blanketed in snow, it's hard to deny its loveliness.
In David's prayer, we see him pleading with God to make the ugly, shameful, sinful, broken places of his heart whiter than snow. The amazing reality of God's love? He can do that!
When reading and hearing about the extent of God's forgiveness, at times I find myself questioning if that applies to me as well. Is God's love for me so vast that He can choose to forgive me and purify me? He is really able to blanket my ugliest parts with His grace and make them whiter than snow?
“But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!)”
Ephesians 2:4-5 (New Living Translation)
The answer is a resounding YES! There are so many aspects of God's love that move my heart and leave me longing for more--His depth, His delight, His steadfastness...but the fact that we were made alive through Christ, in spite of our sin, as a result of God's extensive love, overwhelms me. I can't begin to fathom a love like that.
So today, as the snow continues to fall with a quiet, but fierce power, I pray that it will make us aware of God's love and mercy in new ways. No matter what we're trying to hide, or cover up, I pray that we will have a glimpse of God's freedom and love and boldly approach Him with a willing heart. May we trust and believe that He can make all things new and that He alone can cleanse and purify ALL things, even the ugliest, hidden places of our hearts.
And may this undeserving love, compel us to long for more of Him.
"The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me...to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor."