Today God covers all outdoors with a fresh, white blanket. A steady snow transforms darkness to light. It’s really quite amazing. God’s visual aid shows me the transformation of my own dark heart when I take my sin to Christ’s cross for cleansing.
“Purify me with hyssop and I shall be clean; wash me and I shall be whiter than snow.” (Psalm 51:7)
Whiter than snow… I look out the window and wonder that anything could be whiter than snow. I wonder that my wicked heart could be made so clean, not just once, but over and over again, like each fresh snowfall, no matter how great the sin.
In Psalm 51, where these words are recorded, David was crying out to God in bitter sorrow and repentance. He had slept with another man’s wife and then had the man killed. This was the “man after God’s own heart,” a man who loved God well. When Nathan told him the story of the little lamb (you’ll have to read II Samuel 11-12 for the whole story) and David understood the depth of his sin, he longed to be forgiven and restored. He knew the same bitter sorrow Peter felt after denying Christ.
I don’t know if I’m a woman after God’s own heart, or if I love Jesus as deeply as Peter did, but I have known the bitter sorrow of rebellion. It’s one thing for a non-believer to thoughtlessly sin. It’s quite another for God’s child to willfully embrace sin… to choose it. When God does unveil my eyes to clearly see the depth of my sin, I cry out in repentance and find God’s sweet forgiveness. He replaces the darkness in my heart with His marvelous light. He reminds me of His promise, “Though your sins were as scarlet, they will be white as snow.” (Isaiah 1:18)