Friday, February 24, 2006
How White Are You?
For school, our memory verse last week was "Cleanse me with hyssop and I will be clean, Wash me and I will be whiter than snow." (Psalm 51:7)
In keeping with my (unintentional) laundry theme this week, the psalmist is speaking in terms we homemakers can relate to, oh so well. Wash me and I will be whiter than snow. I relish laundry that is sparkling white. Bleach, bluing, detergents, all are attempts to regain whiteness in fabrics. Stains happen so easily... a blueberry drops off the pancake and lands in my husband's lap, spaghetti sauce drips from my sons lips to his shirt, mommy leans into the car to strap the boys into their carseats and oh no, dirt works its way across her jeans. On and on the staining continues. At the end of the day, the laundry pile is full of filthy clothes. Hardly any of these stains are "intentional". Many are so difficult to deal with, they leave residues that are next to impossible to remove.
This points me to my spiritual "stains". When I look at the ten commandments or the "greatest commandments" given by Jesus (Matt. 22:37, 39), I see myself falling short. Sadly, I fail God every day. Sometimes it is more than I can bear, when I evaluate my day and consider my actions. However, I am amazed and consoled by the psalmist's plea in this verse. I relate to his request to be washed. My husband is preaching on Romans 3 on sunday, and there too we are reminded of our need for cleansing, "for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God."(v.23) Our situation is so desperate before the holy and pure God.
Then Jesus steps into the picture and offers His blood. 1 John 1:7 says, "...the blood of Jesus cleanses (washes) us from all sin." Did you catch that? ALL sin. This matches completely with the psalm. We will be whiter than snow. That is cleaner than clean. Not a spot. Not a residue. Not a trace. All because of Jesus Christ.
What a picture. This made me rejoice anew when I awoke to a beautiful snowfall this morning. As I walked to the shed, the sparkling snow seemed so white. Is it really possible that I am whiter than that? It truly is a miracle that Christ's blood washes me that clean. Thank you God for the whole plan. It's amazing. It's humbling. It's beautiful!