My youngest son recently moved to Colorado, and my husband and I are loving the fact we now have free lodging when we want to go skiing!
During our last visit, I loved just staring out our son’s big windows — a magnificent view of mountains, trees, and a lake – all covered with snow and ice. Just as a new year gives me a fresh hope of conquering bad habits and starting good habits, there is something about the beauty of a blanket of snow on the mountains and trees – the contrast of a layer of white covering the barrenness and dirtiness of the world – the diamond-like glimmer, and the blinding effect as the sunlight reflects off the snow.
This beauty reminds me of how my Heavenly Father sees me; the filth of my sins are covered with the perfection and beauty of the blood of Jesus Christ. Isaiah 1:18 says, “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.”
When we sit down and take a really good inventory of how we miss the mark every day, of how God would have us live, it humbles us. I’m ashamed at how I try to serve and love others, yet, the judgmental thoughts and attitudes that come creeping in all too quickly smash those good efforts to pieces. I’m reminded of the urging from the Holy Spirit to pray for, or reach out to, someone, and yet I’m quickly distracted by selfish wants and desires. Even my own family often gets short-changed as I struggle between what I should do and what I actually do.
The verse in Isaiah is a comfort to me; even though I’m selfish, gluttonous, prideful, envious (just to name a few sins) the blood of Jesus covers me like a blanket of snow hiding all the imperfections and the sins, the brokenness and the ugliness, and presents me to His Heavenly Father unblemished. Second Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come.”
Hope! There is hope for me. There is hope for you! Not that any of this relies on us, thank goodness! Our believing in Jesus Christ is enough – enough to blot out the stains of sin, remove the guilt and shame, and top it all off with the free gift of eternal life with Jesus. He paid the price for all our sins. He was the perfect, sinless, spotless sacrifice that was required to banish the barrier between us and God. He is the bridge to God. John 14:6 is where Jesus says “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
As you live daily as a wife in a blended family, as you try to help encourage, guide and mentor children who are not yours biologically, and as you attempt to love and bring unity into this family of broken units, remember to think of snow. Your belief in Jesus Christ – who He is and what He did – will cover you.
Blessings in Your Blending!