Several months ago, Bill and I traveled to Louisville, Kentucky to help our Truckstop Ministries work a booth at the Great American Truck Show. It was an experience of a lifetime for me. It was my first truck show to ever attend and it exceeded all of my expectations. Hundreds of booths filled the Exposition Building. Items to buy ranged from food to makeup to 18-wheelers with sleepers. You could walk for hours and still not see everything that was there. However, more amazing to me than seeing all this “trucker stuff” was seeing the six to eight inches of snow that fell during our time in Kentucky.
Being from Louisiana, I had seen snow but I had never experienced that much snow at one time. At home, we may get one or two inches, but it usually melts before the day is over. A few times, we have gotten enough snow to build snowmen and have snowball fights. But because the snow was not very deep, we would usually end up with little pieces of debris mixed in with it. If you were really careful, you might scrap up enough clean snow to make snow ice cream.
However, this Kentucky snow was different. It was soft, yet it would still stick together. It was thick so it covered the ground below it perfectly. The snow didn’t melt for days due to the cold temperatures. It was beautiful! It made everything look clean and pure. I felt like a little child at Christmas time. I couldn’t wait to go outside, play in the snow, build a snowman, and throw a snowball. My first thought was that this is what David was talking about when he said in Psalm 51:7 “Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.” And again in Isaiah 1:18 “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though our sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”
As Christians, none of us are perfect. We all have sins. We all have areas of our lives that need improvement. In fact, in Romans 3:23, we are told that we all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God. But thankfully, we also have the gift of repentance. “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.”
According to Webster, repent means to turn from sin and dedicate oneself to the amendment of one’s life. Repentance wipes our sin away and makes us white as snow. You no longer can even see the sin because it is completely covered by the grace of God. The sin is gone. It’s been blotted out. Just as the snow that I witnessed in Kentucky covered up all the blemishes on the ground, grace covers up all our sin when we truly repent.
Sometimes, however, we confess our sins, but we don’t turn from them. We continue to repeat those same sins over and over. A true confession has not taken place. And just like the snow that covers the ground in Louisiana, you see the change for a little while but then it goes away! Before you realize it, you are right back to making the same mistakes that you made before. Only with the help of Christ can you confess your sins, turn from your sins, and once again be made as white as snow.
This is Nana Nancy, Let Jesus be YOUR Guide as you enjoy YOUR ride!