As White as Snow

This past weekend we’ve received historic amounts of snow.  I’m sore in places that I didn’t know I had from shoveling over 2 feet of snow from my driveway and 3 foot piles of snow in front of my mail box.

This sudden snowmageddon has been the culmination of a long month of cleaning out closets and drawers, rearranging furniture, and gathering clutter to donate or throw away.  The deep white powdery layer can be seen from every newly cleaned-out room, also symbolizing as a final reset for the forest around our house.

We also need to use this time to clean out our hearts.

Even our heart and mind can begin to accumulate layers of clutter left behind from bitterness, unforgiveness, anger, resentment, past hurts, and current frustrations.  We always think we have it packed away, neatly tucked in a small corner where no one would look.  Sometimes we put it in beautiful basket on a shelf, in a desperate attempt to justify its existence. We convince ourselves we have it “under control,” while continuing to live our lives in denial.

But, when we least expect it, our mouth betrays us the instant we speak our first word.

Jesus said:

45A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. ~Luke 6:45

Beloved, don’t lose heart if unwanted clutter has piled up.

We’ve all been there.

Eventually Spring will arrive, the layers of snow will melt, and everything that grows will begin again.

The question is then; do we continue to be weighted down with all of these unnecessary burdens for another year or do we place them at the feet of Jesus?

18“Come now, let us settle the matter,”

    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

Cry out to Jesus and He will give you rest.

 28Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. ~Matthew 11:28

 Clear out the clutter from your heart and hand it over to God.

 22Cast your burden upon the Lord and He will sustain you;

He will never allow the righteous to be shaken. ~Psalm 55:22

 Now you are as white as snow, ready to begin again.

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