Jon Stolpe Stretched

What's S-t-r-e-t-c-h-i-n-g me now?

Fresh Coat

Yesterday, I spent the day painting our family room with three of the best helpers in the world. Even the kids did a great job helping as we transformed the walls from a construction grade off-white paint to a “beigeish” color. This morning, we woke up to a light snow covering outside. Despite the fact that I’m not as crazy about snow as I used to be, there is something refreshing about a fresh coat of snow. Whether it’s a fresh coat of snow or paint, it’s wonderful to see things covered up and new. This reminds me of a verse from the Bible:

“Come now, let us reason together,” says the LORD. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool. (Isaiah 1:18)

Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. (Psalm 51:7)

Both these verses explain that God has the ability to give us a clean slate, a fresh coat of paint, a fresh coating of snow. Our sins (and all of us sin all the time) are ugly. These are the things that prevent us from approaching the holy presence of God; however, thanks to God’s mercy and to Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, we have the opportunity to be white like snow in approaching God. Amazing. Refreshing. Marvelous.

Until the next post, don’t splatter paint all over the floor…
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December 2, 2007 - Posted by | thoughts

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