White as Snow

Bible Reading: Isaiah 1:18-20, 27-31; 2:1-5, 19-22; 3:1-7; 4:2-6; 5:24-30; 6; 2 Kings 15:7, 19-28, 32-33; 2 Chronicles 26:22-23; 27:2-6

"Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool" (1:18).

I turned to look at the road I had walked, and hung my head in shame. The path left behind was strewn with offenses and regrets. Each misstep seemed forever cast in the miry red clay of consequence. The lifeless landscape I had fashioned stretched endlessly in desolate waste. Oh, that I could walk the road over again and choose a different path. Oh, that I could lay a fresh canvas over the unsightly scene and paint a pretty picture of what my life could have been, if only....

Overcome with my guilt, I hid my face in my hands, and cried, "Have mercy on me, O God, because of your unfailing love. Because of your great compassion, blot out the stain of my sins. Wash me clean from my guilt. Purify me from my sin, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow" (Psalm 51:1-2, 7 NLT).

I raised my head and looked, through my tears, at those memories I could not erase. I marveled to see snowflakes of grace falling softly from the heavens. I stretched out my hands and felt the snow tingling on my skin, melting into a gentle, cleansing bath of forgiveness. My past was soon covered by the freshly-fallen snow... the harsh terrain softened, the ugly dirt painted pure-white, the barren trees beautifully adorned with shimmering crystals.

My footprints are now hidden under God's snowfall of grace. My offenses lie buried beneath his blanket of mercy. A fresh white canvas rolls out all around me. As I turn to see the trail yet untraveled, I see a new set of footprints, inviting me to follow ... "showing us the way, one foot at a time, down the path of peace" (Luke 1:79 Msg).