Healed Is Better Than Hidden

“In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace.” Ephesians 1:7 (NIV)

As I watch the huge snowflakes fluttering softly to earth, the world outside my window takes on a peaceful beauty. When the soft blanket of white covers everything, it seems my world has been made new.

The fresh white carpet hides the stubbly brown grass and softly drapes the ghostly bare arms of trees. All that had appeared tired and grimy takes on a fresh, clean look.

It is so good while it lasts…but it doesn’t last.

Sometimes it is only a few hours before the sanding trucks, snow plows, and car exhaust leave a dismal gray edging to lawns that briefly frosted wedding cakes. The white purity was only a brief illusion. This truth becomes clearer when the snow melts, leaving sodden yards and muddy streets.

The fleeting effect of snow on a winter landscape illustrates my attempts to right my own wrongs, to clean up my sin problem. At first, my efforts at self-control and my good works seem to do the job. But all too soon, the underlying sin stains show through. When I grow weary and abandon my attempts at cover-up, the mess that’s left behind is worse than before.

The only lasting solution to the ugliness of sin is the cleansing blood of Christ, which redeems and restores. New life in Christ conquers what is dead in me, in all of us, just as spring brings beauty to the brown landscape of winter.

Dear Father, thank you that rather than trying to cover up our sins, we can confess them to you and receive grace. Help us to live joyful lives as forgiven people.

Susan, Iowa